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wkoffel Calculating status...
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Jul 28, 2012 5:54 AM

I have a mid-2011 Macbook Air 13".  Since installing Mountain Lion (and immediately upgrading to the latest SMC firmware update), the machine will not wake from sleep.  When I close the lid, it goes to sleep fine.  Upon opening the lid, the screen turns on (apple logo glows on outside of monitor, faint glow from screen), but it remains black, nothing ever appears.  Only way to fix this is to hard-reset the machine.  Machine was fine under Lion, most definitely related to that upgrade, but still unclear how.


I've tried 3 different things that I found in other forums, hoping to consolidate them here.


1. Reset SMC (

2. Reset PRAM (

3. Set the startup volume specifically in the startup disk system preference.


None of these have fixed my issue.


Is this issue more widespread?   Seems that others are reporting it on a variety of SSD macs, but that could be a red-herring.


NOTE: this was an upgrade, not a clean install.  I will attempt a clean install onto an external bootable drive in a few days to see if this is a hardware/SMC issue, or a Mountain Lion issue, or a 3rd party software conflict problem that crept in during my upgrade.


Any other advice out there?

MacBook Air (13-INCH, MID 2011), OS X Mountain Lion
  • paulofromnew york Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Jul 28, 2012 3:54 PM (in response to wkoffel)

    I have instaled "SmartSleep" app and change hibernate settings to sleep only. I Think it has the same effect of your command. My Imac 27 is working better without freezing.

    I had the same issue when i did the upgrade from Snow Leopard to Lion and used the same software. When I returned to sleep+hibernate everything was fixed.

    I think there is something corrupted in /Library/Preferences/SystemConfiguration/ when you upgrade.








    My pmset -g output is:


    Active Profiles:

    AC Power        -1*

    Currently in use:

    hibernatemode        0

    halfdim              1

    womp                 0

    networkoversleep     0

    sleep                30

    powerbutton          0

    ttyskeepawake        1

    hibernatefile        /var/vm/sleepimage

    autorestart          0

    disksleep            10

    displaysleep         1

  • jefffromjamesville Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Jul 28, 2012 4:21 PM (in response to wkoffel)

    I am having problems with Mountain Lion waking from sleep also.  I dont feel comfortable modifiying system settings for fear of screwing something else up.  They better have a fix out for this soon!!!

  • ellisonjay Calculating status...
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    Jul 29, 2012 4:45 PM (in response to jefffromjamesville)

    This should help you Jeff:


    `man pmset` at the terminal.


    "We do not recommend modifying hibernation settings. Any changes you make      are not supported. If you choose to do so anyway, we recommend using one      of these three settings. For your sake and mine, please don't use anything      other 0, 3, or 25.


    hibernatemode = 0 (binary 0000) by default on supported desktops. The sys-      tem will not back memory up to persistent storage. The system must wake      from the contents of memory; the system will lose context on power loss.      This is, historically, plain old sleep.


    hibernatemode = 3 (binary 0011) by default on supported portables. The      system will store a copy of memory to persistent storage (the disk), and      will power memory during sleep. The system will wake from memory, unless a      power loss forces it to restore from disk image.


    hibernatemode = 25 (binary 0001 1001) is only settable via pmset. The sys-      tem will store a copy of memory to persistent storage (the disk), and will      remove power to memory. The system will restore from disk image. If you      want "hibernation" - slower sleeps, slower wakes, and better battery life,      you should use this setting."


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  • dselevan Calculating status...
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    Jul 30, 2012 9:52 PM (in response to wkoffel)

    I am having a similar issue. At first, my alarm clock 2 application would not wake the Mac from sleep. Help desk had me reset the computer and RAM, and then it worked. Now my keyboard will not wake the Mac from sleep, only my mouse. Please let us know if there is a fix for this, it is very frustrating.

  • Boris2012 Calculating status...
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    Jul 31, 2012 8:00 AM (in response to wkoffel)

    Hi Guys

    Yep, I have a similar issue but with an added twist which is that my 2011 MBA seems to also wake itself up occasionally since I upgraded to Mountain Lion.

    Several times now I have put it to sleep (either by closing the lid or selecting 'sleep') and waited for the lights to go out and everything quiet. Then I open my bag some hours later to find it red hot and fans going like crazy. If I then open the lid, the machine does not come back up fully. Maybe I see the mouse cursor but nothing else. Then I need to hold the power button until it goes off again.

    Taking a look with pmset I see that hibernate mode is set to 5. I have never modified this, so this is how my machine came. Interestingly this is not one of the values described as 'recommended' by Ellisonjay and is allegedly not the default shipped value for this machine (should be 3).

    According to this article:

    Mode 5 is fully hibernated mode (no power to RAM) which for a machine with SSD seems to make sense as the time penalty of reading back from SSD should be not so large.

    So, yes, I want hibernate mode to work but, in the meantime, I hope mode 3 will at least stop my machine from waking up and frying itself inside it's case.

  • dselevan Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Jul 31, 2012 8:05 AM (in response to Boris2012)

    Interestingly, my iMac is sleeping "deeper" than ever, it's just hard to wake it up!  I sleep next to my computer, and it seems like it's doing a better job of turning off my external hard drive (set on auto mode) and is quieter throughout the night. It's just really hard to wake it up, and when I do, the clock is wrong for about 10 seconds while it is waking up.

  • aminasadi Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Jul 31, 2012 2:22 PM (in response to wkoffel)

    same here. MBA Dec 2011. Any update on parameter change solution?

  • Boris2012 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Jul 31, 2012 2:32 PM (in response to wkoffel)

    Just a quick follow up.


    I've now changed hibernatemode from 5 to 25 and, so far, it works just fine.


    So, this is just going directly into full hibernation (no power to RAM). This is the behaviour I have always had with my MBA since out of the box. For an SSD based system, I don't see the need for anything more complicated than that. It's the most power efficient and resume time from hibernation is just 3-4 seconds for me anyway.

  • ellisonjay Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Jul 31, 2012 2:36 PM (in response to Boris2012)

    I'm pleased I was able to help.

  • aminasadi Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Jul 31, 2012 2:56 PM (in response to ellisonjay)

    Although the command fixes the issue, I confirm a delay of 4-5 seconds to wake comapring to almost 0sec on Lion. Booting from shutdown mode is also taking more time than before not much though.

  • dselevan Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Jul 31, 2012 3:08 PM (in response to aminasadi)

    Me too. Will a clean install fix it or do I wait for apple to fix it? I am not a Mac programmer and not interested in changing system settings. Thank you.

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