Poltergeist Mac Mini

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by djmtrading, Feb 27, 2008.

  1. djmtrading macrumors newbie

    Feb 27, 2008
    My wife's Mac Mini is haunted! We have just upgraded to Leopard, and ever since, the mini turns itself on in the middle of the night. I've already been to the Energy Saver panel in System preferences and all the schedule options are deselected.

    I honestly have no idea where to look next. I thought I'd ask here before going to the church for an exorcism.
  2. mheidt macrumors member

    Jun 7, 2005
    funny...mine acts the opposite.
    Since leopard it doesn't wake up.
    eyeTV is supposed to record some series in the middle of the night, but it overslept the thursday, 2:00am recording three times in a row.

    Maybe your mini could call mine up tonight :)
  3. mrwizardno2 macrumors 6502a


    Jun 19, 2007
    Columbus, OH
    Holy water might not be a good idea ;-) haha.
  4. ejb190 macrumors 65816


    You know, I honestly believe the last place I lived was haunted. My ghost liked to play with light switches and power buttons. I was sitting at my desk one night when both my computers (PB G3 Wallstreet & 12" PB G4) came out of standby. Then a few minutes later my treadmill turned on and started going full tilt. I was a little unnerved that night to say the least.
  5. NAG macrumors 68030


    Aug 6, 2003
    I've seen this problem a lot this 10.5 for a lot of people. I have no idea why. Sometimes it can be caused by power surges, other times by an app (iChat for instance).

    Most of the time no one knows why and the problem goes unsolved.

    You can try resetting the nvram and whatnot, probably won't help though.
  6. santaliqueur macrumors 6502a

    Aug 7, 2007
    Make sure to tell it to run away from the light.
  7. djmtrading thread starter macrumors newbie

    Feb 27, 2008
    OK, so I've learned 3 things:

    1) Mac users have as crazy a sense of humour as I do
    2) Despite the PR, OSx does have glitches and gremlins (still knocks Windows into touch though)
    3) We all watch way too much TV!

    Thanks. if anyone does hear of a way to solve this, please drop me a message.
  8. catlady13 macrumors newbie

    Mar 1, 2008
    Mine too

    I own 6 pcs and just bought a mac mini to try out the OS. I had heard so much about macs and wanted to give it a try. I was wondering if this was a normal thing till I read this post. I can't wait to till my friend who talked me into buying a mac because they are "perfect". I am just glad to know I am not imagining it cause at first I thought I was hearing things. I have it set up on a KVM switch with my pcs and heard its boot up sound and though .. boy am I nuts. Is this common with other macs ?? Does anyone know?
  9. MacFanBoyIIe macrumors 6502

    Feb 22, 2008
    Try simulating a quick power surge/outage while the mini is in the same state that it is in the middle of the night...what happens?
  10. seabass1213 macrumors newbie

    Mar 1, 2008
    Leopard, is a an upgrade from Apple, in which they tryed to get your comptuer more responsive then in Tiger, when Comptuers were kinda slow when u clicked ur mouse or kepboard after it went to sleep. Sometimes the best way is to shut it off in the night, just try and keep the mac away from areas where it might skate from a bed, or if washing machine is rumbling the ground a little. Like i said, because Leopard is more repsonsive then tiger. Hopes this helps. :)
  11. Kalafut macrumors regular


    Jan 6, 2008

    wow, alot of ppl are having "weird" things happen to there mac's, since leopard, but i have had really no troubles, i enjoy leopard alot more than windows.
  12. catlady13 macrumors newbie

    Mar 1, 2008
    not asleep

    What I really don't understand is mine was NOT sleeping. It was turned off. It was not in hibernation or any such thing,.. it was absolutely off and it is on a surge protector though not a UPS.
  13. MacFanBoyIIe macrumors 6502

    Feb 22, 2008
  14. johto macrumors 6502


    Jan 15, 2008
  15. djmtrading thread starter macrumors newbie

    Feb 27, 2008
    Pray for me

    So, I'm going to try the fix suggested tonight. I've sent the kids to the Grand parents, and my wife has broken out her rosary.

    If you don't hear from me again . . . . :eek:

    (Oh My God, you've got me at it now!)
  16. djmtrading thread starter macrumors newbie

    Feb 27, 2008
    Yee Ha! Success!!

    We are free. The fix worked. No bumps in the night. No "DaDa!" at odd hours. Oh, bliss.

    Thanks so much for the help.


  17. bc008 macrumors 68000


    Aug 6, 2007
  18. rpaloalto macrumors 6502a


    Sep 19, 2005
    Palo Alto CA.

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