Currently Being ModeratedFeb 9, 2012 10:00 AM (in response to Jasmine_Marien)
A Mac can be awakened from "sleep" mode by network activity requesting access, but I've never heard of the computer being "turned on" remotely.
As well, the awakening upon network activity is subject to a very special set of conditions. First, I do believe it is only supported when such notebook is connected to the network with an Apple Airport Exterme router. Macs can’t also use this feature when powered by a battery (it has to be on AC power). Additionally, the Mac Notebook must either be open (not latched) or have an external display attached to be awakened through this method.
Lastly, the System Preferences must be setup in advance to permit the feature to be used.
Currently Being ModeratedFeb 9, 2012 10:13 AM (in response to SP Forsythe)
I assume it was in sleep mode and then got 'awakened' indeed.
I wish I could somehow give more information, but I'm going to have to make some well educated guesses here because I'm not 100% sure. I am fairly certain there's no Apple Airport router involved. I also don't think my ex would leave the MacBook laying around open instead of latched, but I'm not sure about that, nor do I know whether it was running on battery or AC. It's a bit of a mess to be fair.
The only thing that is in my favour in this entire situation, is that I can prove I was miles away from the apartment/computer at 09:29 (I was getting a KitKat miles away and stuffed the receipt in my pocket, that's pretty much the one good thing about this). So no matter how come the MacBook turned on, it stayed on for 73 minutes after I definitely left the apartment. I'm also unaware of how long it normally takes for a MacBook to shut down after x minutes of inactivity, but 73 minutes seems fairly odd.
A couple of other 'possibilities' I came across online were the following. If you could let me know how plausible these are, I'd be forever in your debt to be fair:
- USB hub faulty connection (Does an iPod fall into the USB hub category?)
- glitch due to something spilled over it
- automatic reboot/update
- power cut restart
The latter seems a bit unlikely since I was in the apartment at the time. Unless a power cut could be a second or something, in that case it is rather possible. I really need to get to the bottom of this. I can't really ask my ex about the circumstances the MacBook was left in, because I am being suspected of being the culprit anyway.
I also forgot to mention - the MacBook is second hand. It was in fairly amazing condition but I have no idea whether some file may have been corrupted or not. Plus since my ex has the tendency to use the MacBook for music in the morning while getting ready and then leave, it may have been doing this 'automatic awakening' thing for weeks without anybody realising.
Although the fact the Skype logs were deleted (not sure whether that happened this weekend) and the MacBook connected to Safari (no idea what that is, if you can enlighten me on that one as well?) do make me think someone actually did something to it.
To be perfectly fair, I have a funny feeling that the MacBook had a 'awaken self' problem for a while, someone must've known it and tries to frame me now by incriminating me and tampering with my ex's Skype. In which case I will take legal action for sure, but well, I would need a very plausible explanation as to why it is rather possible I did not touch it at all.
SP Forsythe, how does this 'network activity requesting access' work exactly?
Thank you so much for your help so far.
Currently Being ModeratedFeb 9, 2012 10:22 AM (in response to Jasmine_Marien)
Currently Being ModeratedFeb 10, 2012 12:48 AM (in response to Jasmine_Marien)
Does anyone have any other options?
The computer was in hibernation, I'm 99% sure. But there were no external things attached to it, no screen, no keyboard, nothing. It woke up and stayed active for 2.5 hours while I was only in the flat (mind you, not near the computer) for 20 minutes while it was active.
I really need someone to suggest reasons, apart from the ones above. I know it sounds farfetched, but if you have any idea, please share it. It is possible because well, it happened to me. So please, anyone. Help me out here if you can.