What do you do for long downloads?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by Nutzer, Jul 17, 2012.

  1. Nutzer macrumors newbie

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    All,

    This is my first Mac and I'm trying to figure out the best way to prevent the macbook pro retina from going to sleep but the display to sleep so I can download a large file that may take up to 4hrs.

    I've read I can set the sleep preference to 'Never' and manually dim the display or I can use Caffeine and manually dim the display. (this is what I did last night)

    Just wondering what process you guys use for downloads and what not that requires your machine to stay on.

    THanks!
     
  2. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    That's what I recommend.
     
  3. SandboxGeneral Moderator

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    That's basically all one has to do right there ^^^.
     
  4. Nutzer thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks for the reply...just making sure I'm doing it right!
     
  5. JTToft macrumors 68040

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    Or you could just disable the automatic sleep function permanently so you don't have to worry about things like this.

    That's what I do.
     
  6. StuMcBill macrumors 6502

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    So Caffeine overrides the settings in the "Energy Saver" panel of System Preferences?
     
  7. bwhli macrumors 6502a

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    Yes, this is what I do.
     
  8. EatMyApple macrumors 6502

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    How do you do this? Settings?
     
  9. Weaselboy Moderator

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    In System Settings under Energy Saver just set it like in my screen grab.

    [​IMG]
     
  10. EatMyApple macrumors 6502

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    Nice grab! Thank you!
     
  11. sweetbrat macrumors 65816

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    I have it set for the computer to never go to sleep, and I have a hot corner set up to put the display to sleep. I just start the download, point at the designated corner, and walk away.
     
  12. katmeef macrumors 6502

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    What progams are you all using to download where you need to change energy saver preferences or install third party software to prevent sleep?

    I've never had a problem with my Macs sleeping while downloading. Transmission prevents sleep on its own (there is an option for this in preferences). Large downloads in safari also haven't been a problem, maybe safari also prevents sleep while downloading a file or maybe this is achieved by the periodic writes to the drive as the file is downloading?
     
  13. Eric8199 macrumors 6502a

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    You can also use hot corners to manually turn your display off. I have mine set up so that if I mouse over to the lower left corner, the screen turns off, but the computer stays on. I have mine set to never sleep when plugged in, unless I close the lid, of course.
     

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