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Macbook randomly goes to sleep

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dane-z Calculating status...
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Jul 12, 2011 5:03 AM

HELP! my macbook randomly goes to sleep whenever im working on it! HELP!!!

Mac Pro, Mac OS X (10.6.7)
  • AussieDJ Level 4 Level 4 (1,435 points)
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    Jul 12, 2011 3:11 PM (in response to dane-z)

    Ok, calm down calm down.


    Does it come up with any message before it shutsdown? Or does it just lose power all of a sudden?

  • AussieDJ Level 4 Level 4 (1,435 points)
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    Jul 13, 2011 5:50 AM (in response to dane-z)



    First of all, if you have anything pluggged into your macbook, unplug the lot. HDD's, mouse, keyboard, whatever. Except the power cable I guess. That can stay.


    If that doesn't solve the problem, then it's not one of those items causing it. And in that case, continue:


    Open Terminal & run the following command, posting the results back here:


    pmset -g


    Load your Snow Leopard Install DVD & hold C while booting & go to Utilities > Disk Utilities. And repair disk & repair permissions.


    Could you also run the Apple Hardware Test by loading your Applications Install DVD & rebooting while holding D.


    Then could you boot up normally & have a look in Console, and do a search for shutdown. Post any results.


    Start with that beginning at the top.


    And stay calm. Your data is still on your HDD for now.

  • Neon Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Aug 10, 2012 11:28 AM (in response to AussieDJ)

    I'm also having this issue with my Mid-2010 2.66 ghz core i7 MacBook Pro. Here's the result in terminal that you asked for:


    Active Profiles:

    Battery Power                    -1*

    AC Power                    -1

    Currently in use:

    halfdim              1

    sms                  1

    hibernatefile        /var/vm/sleepimage

    gpuswitch            2

    disksleep            10

    sleep                63 (sleep prevented by )

    hibernatemode        3

    ttyskeepawake        1

    displaysleep         60

    acwake               0

    lidwake              1


    What's the deal??

  • Neon Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Aug 10, 2012 11:29 AM (in response to Neon)

    Also running Mountain Lion... and the issue did not occur prior.

  • maninder288 Calculating status...
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    Aug 14, 2012 10:02 PM (in response to dane-z)

    hey frnd,

    hope i got a solution to this sleep problem, with my mac it was due to bottom of mac near the TAB key whenever got in contact with a magnet,it goes to sleep.

    hope u guys also got the same issue.

  • rosieoutlook Calculating status...
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    Oct 12, 2012 8:49 PM (in response to maninder288)

    I have my macbook late 2007, battery removed because I broke the button. My screen has been going black this week although I've been using it with the open bottom for about 2 months. Nothing magnetic because I always use it on a lap desk. The desk is hardbodied with a cloth overlay, no metal. I did a diagnostic with my original disk and it found nothing wrong. I've gone to a black screen sleep mode about 5 times this week and it also went to a complete shutdown once. Any ideas for me.

  • ellensburg Calculating status...
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    Mar 17, 2013 5:30 PM (in response to AussieDJ)

    This sounds great but I can't get mine to come up to even start this process.

  • ursy101 Calculating status...
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    May 31, 2013 8:26 PM (in response to Neon)

    i have the same problem right now. By any chance if you've fixed it, how did you fix it? i'm also running on Mountain Lion

  • rosieoutlook Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    May 31, 2013 8:44 PM (in response to maninder288)

    maninder288 solved my problem. I was working without my battery in place because the button that holds the door on was broken. Although I used it on a laptop desk, it must have picked up some magnetism. As soon as I taped the door in place it worked fine and has worked for months since Oct of 2012.


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