why does my mac sign me out randomly?

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by theprizefight, Apr 1, 2007.

  1. theprizefight macrumors member

    Oct 29, 2006
    It seems like sometimes my mac just randomly decides to log me off my user.

    for example i was just sitting here doing some work, not using my computer, when all of a sudden the mac just logs off and i see the login screen. I had to re sign back in and reload, firefox, mail, adium, etc.

    anyone know if there is a setting somewhere in os x that is logging me off automatically for some reason?

    by the way im on a MBP 15 C2D.

    thanks in advance
  2. mad jew Moderator emeritus

    mad jew

    Apr 3, 2004
    Adelaide, Australia
    In the Security pane of System Preferences, does it say you need a password to wake from sleep or screensaver? :)
  3. FJ218700 macrumors 68000


    Mar 8, 2007
    Blue Dot, Red State
    also check system prefs --> security --> 2nd option from the bottom of the page (log out after x minutes of inactivity)
  4. BigBear8080 macrumors newbie

    Sep 6, 2007
    This was what solved my problem...

    I too was stymied by what I thought were "random" log outs by the system. When I stumbled upon this setting I could not recall setting it. It is either set by default (doubtful) or perhaps it gets set when you enable fast user switching. I had my iMac for a couple of months and it did not do this, but I recently enabled fast user switching and now that I think about it, the auto log outs may have started about then.

    Or, it could have all been coincidental.

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