Sleep is greyed out in apple menu

Discussion in 'macOS' started by dfy, Mar 27, 2010.

  1. dfy macrumors member

    Apr 27, 2009
    I installed and uninstalled Aqua Connect Trial today (Terminal Server / Remote Desktop for Mac) and I'm fairly certain I now have 2 major issues because of it.
    Googled for the past hour for a solution but found nothing so far.
    Does anybody have any idea or suggestion?

    - in the :apple: menu the Sleep item is greyed out. I cannot click it, the keyboard shortcut for sleep doesn't work and pressing the power button does nothing
    - all my animations aren't smooth anymore like expose, dock, dashboard, etc

    I'm pulling my hair out of frustration :mad:
  2. Gav2k macrumors G3


    Jul 24, 2009
    Have you got any updates siting on a restart as they seem to disable sleep on my mini till it's got it's own way.
  3. dfy thread starter macrumors member

    Apr 27, 2009
    No updates and I restarted my machine at least 10 times the past hour.
    What I did thus far:
    - restarted
    - powered down
    - PRAM reset
    - Repaired permissions
    - Terminal command: sleep, does nothing and gives no output or error
    - touched every system preference so it would maybe restore some default settings
    - energy saver restored to defaults
  4. spinnerlys Guest


    Sep 7, 2008
    forlod bygningen
    Have you taken a look at Activity Monitor (select SHOW ALL PROCESSES) and seen the remnant of that software you installed and un-installed still running?
  5. Gav2k macrumors G3


    Jul 24, 2009
    Have you tried creating another account and seeing I the same issue is there??
  6. dfy thread starter macrumors member

    Apr 27, 2009
    As far as I can tell there isn't anything left over from the software and I don't -think- there's something out of the ordinary but I'm not 100% sure. Almost all processes are know to me, the ones I didn't know I googled.

    Same problems with a freshly created account.

    Did a reinstall of the 10.6.2 comboupdate but didn't help.

    I also mailed Aqua Connect...

    ========= Update ============
    I fixed the sleep issue!! :D :D

    Found something on the Apple forum regarding a specific sleep issue: "If that doesn't work or you've never faxed on your Mac, go to Finder/Hard Drive /Library/Preferences/SystemConfiguration and delete the and files (if your Mac asks, type your admin. password).
    If the latter file isn't present in the folder, go to user name(probably your name)/Library/Preferences, delete the file, and reboot your Mac."

    I did exactly that and everything regarding sleeping my iMac works again :D

    1 issue remaining, I somehow fixed most of the animation problems (probably by cleaning out all crap and cache etc with Onyx and resetting everything) but Expose is still really bad.

    ========= Update 2 ============

    Just to let you know and possibly help others out:
    to fix all coreanimations I had to set Beam Sync to automatic and enabled Quartz 2D Extreme.
    All animations are silky smooth again! :D

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