Quick question regarding display sleep and password

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by Don Nguyen, Jun 7, 2010.

  1. Don Nguyen macrumors member

    Apr 18, 2010
    On my old macbook, I was able to leave the laptop open, and just have the display go to sleep without the computer going to sleep as well.

    I have modified it in the system preferences, under energy saver, to have the display sleep after 15 mins and to have the computer sleep set to "Never". However, after 15 mins, the display will sleep, and when I go to try and wake it, it'll prompt me to enter a password to reenter.

    Is there something I am missing or doing wrong on my new macbook that's causing it to do this?

    One of my main reasons for wanting it to not prompt a password while at idle is so I can keep my downloads, etc, going while idle.

  2. Don Nguyen thread starter macrumors member

    Apr 18, 2010
    Still not able to get the computer to stay awake. I might have to just use insomiax, but I'd prefer it if I can get it to work with the stock programs/functions.
  3. miles01110 macrumors Core


    Jul 24, 2006
    The Ivory Tower (I'm not coming down)
    You must have the "Require password to wake from sleep or screen saver" option checked in System Preferences -> Security.
  4. Don Nguyen thread starter macrumors member

    Apr 18, 2010
    I'd like it to prompt for a password for if/when it goes to sleep by me closing the lid. However, if I uncheck that box, it'll never require a password. What I want it to do is have the display go to sleep but not the computer.
  5. deadwulfe macrumors 6502a


    Feb 18, 2010
    So when you come back to it, the sleep light is fading in and out or are you assuming, because it asked for a password that it went to sleep?

    On a side note, seems odd that you'd have aproblem with it sleeping. It's not like it takes long for it to wake up.
  6. Don Nguyen thread starter macrumors member

    Apr 18, 2010
    I haven't noticed or looked at the light when it does this.

    It's not the time it takes to log back in, it's the fact that I want to have certain programs running while I am at idle or away, but I want the screen to automatically go to sleep with the computer still on. Does that make sense?
  7. RedRaven571 macrumors 65816


    Mar 13, 2009
    I have mine set to require a password and it asks for a password even if only the screen is sleeping. When the screen goes dark, the light on the front of the MBP comes on and glows steadily; after the computer goes to sleep, it softly fades on and off. I was rendering a movie with iMovie last night and the screen went dark and the light came on but the computer itself never went to sleep; the movie took 1hr to render and the MBP didn't go to sleep. When I touched the trackpad, the screen came on and prompted for a password.

    I'm newer to Macs myself; I don't know if you can set it to require a password ONLY when the computer sleeps.
  8. Don Nguyen thread starter macrumors member

    Apr 18, 2010
    Interesting. I'll have to see if my programs shut off, but I am fairly sure my AIM/Adium does, and possibly some other minor ones that I usually have running.

    My old ibook G4 was able to just sleep the screen without the computer, with the lid open, and also without requiring a password to bring the sleep display back.
  9. snaky69 macrumors 603

    Mar 14, 2008
    If you set it to never sleep, it never will. Your screen is just shutting off to save energy, all your stuff is still running.
  10. Don Nguyen thread starter macrumors member

    Apr 18, 2010
    Could having the SSD in the optibay also be causing this to happen?

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