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power mac G5 will not stay asleep

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Feb 7, 2013 8:17 AM

Hi, My power mac G5 will not stay asleep--it goes to sleep for several seconds then wakes up again = what to do?

G5 dual 2 ghz, Mac OS X (10.5.8)
  • BDAqua Level 10 Level 10 (114,830 points)
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    Feb 7, 2013 10:08 AM (in response to Al Mayberry)

    Hi Al,

     

    Most likely cause is a PCI card, or some attached USB or Firewire device, but possiblt 3rd party SW.

     

    Have you done a PRAM reset, CMD+Option+p+r...

     

    http://support.apple.com/kb/HT1379

     

    In fact, do 3 in a row, takes a bit of time.

     

    How to reset the SMU/PMU on a Power Mac G5 (Late 2004) or Power Mac G5 (Late 2005) ...

     

    http://support.apple.com/kb/HT1436

     

    Earlier G3, G4, G5 models...

     

    http://support.apple.com/kb/HT1939

     

    One way to test is to Safe Boot from the HD, (holding Shift key down at bootup), run Disk Utility in Applications>Utilities, then highlight your drive, click on Repair Permissions, Test for Sleep problem in Safe Mode...

     

    PS. Safe boot may stay on the gray radian for a long time, let it go, it's trying to repair the Hard Drive

     

    Reboot, test again.

     

    If it only does it in Regular Boot, then it could be some hardware problem like Video card, (Quartz is turned off in Safe Mode), or Airport, or some USB or Firewire device, or 3rd party add-on, Check System Preferences>Accounts>Login Items window to see if it or something relevant is listed.

     

    Check the System Preferences>Other Row, for 3rd party Pref Panes.

     

    Also look in these if they exist, some are invisible...

     

    /private/var/run/StartupItems

    /Library/StartupItems

    /System/Library/StartupItems

    /System/Library/LaunchDaemons

    /Library/LaunchDaemons

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