new iMac sleeps no matter what I do

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by stepwilk, Jul 19, 2009.

  1. stepwilk macrumors newbie

    Jul 19, 2009
    Yup, did a search under "sleep," couldn't find anything...

    If I don't touch my running iMac (OS 10.5.7) for five minutes or so, it reverts from a running state to some kind of sleep state--desktop replaced by screen saver, all running programs shut down, document I'm working on (using NeoOffice) closes.

    Computer is brand-new, system preferences/energy saver settings are: both sliders set at "never," no boxes checked, all are off. Damn thing is doing it on its own.

    Is there anything else I can reset, or is this a gitch?
  2. isaaclimdc macrumors 6502


    Jun 28, 2009
    Pittsburgh, PA
  3. stepwilk thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jul 19, 2009
    Well, that's reassuring...

    To be more specific, here's exactly what happens:

    1/leave the computer alone for five minutes.

    2/start-up screen appears (that wierd violet aurora borealis-like image) with a box imposed upon it asking for my password.

    3/Hit "return," since I don't use a password, and my desktop appears, with all programs that previously had been running now closed.

    4/Open whichever program(s) I wish and I'm back in business, but it sure is a pain to do this every five minutes unless I keep typing...

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