10 Replies Latest reply: Dec 6, 2012 5:59 PM by Grant Bennet-Alder
MorrisLives Level 1 Level 1

I'm downloading a pretty large update (nearly 4GBs @ 190 hours estimated time) to my office computer (a Mac Pro w/ large display) and I would like to shut off the screen display, yet leave the computer on over the weekend. Reason being is that I am the only Mac in the entire building and well...lots of curious,  lookie-loos like to salivate over my machine. Usually, I simply Log Out every night.


Mac Pro, Mac OS X (10.7), 3.2 GHz Quad-Core; 8 GB Memory
Solved by Lexiepex on Dec 2, 2012 1:41 AM Solved

I wouldn't even consider downloading if your internet connection is that bad that 4GB takes 190 hours (8 days).

4GB is less than an hour.

Wait until the connecivity is normal again or download in another place where you have strong internet (do it on a friend's computer and save it on a stick).

  • tzbikowski Level 4 Level 4

    your best bet would be to leave it in clamshell mode and switch off the screen

     

    http://support.apple.com/kb/HT3131

  • Grant Bennet-Alder Level 9 Level 9

    4GB should not be taking 190 hours to download. That is about the size of the 10.7 download, and if you get lucky that should be done in an hour.

     

    You can turn off your display whenever you please, with impunity. If you have multiple displays, you may find all your open windows on the "last display standing" when you resume.

  • LordZedd Level 1 Level 1

    4GB sould take about 1 hour on typical broadband internet.

  • MorrisLives Level 1 Level 1

    Grant Bennet-Alder wrote:

     

    4GB should not be taking 190 hours to download. That is about the size of the 10.7 download, and if you get lucky that should be done in an hour.

     

    You can turn off your display whenever you please, with impunity. If you have multiple displays, you may find all your open windows on the "last display standing" when you resume.

     

    tzbikowski wrote:

     

    your best bet would be to leave it in clamshell mode and switch off the screen

     

    http://support.apple.com/kb/HT3131

    Are you referring to a MacBook Pro? I have the tower.

     

    As far as the time to download...I  noticed we were having connectivity/transmission issues before I left the office. Not sure why.

     

    So Grant, are you saying that I can put the computer to sleep and it will still download the files? I have to go back into the office tomorrow so I'll check to see if transmission improved.

     

    Thanks all!

  • FatMac>MacPro Level 5 Level 5

    MorrisLives wrote:

     

    I'm downloading a pretty large update (nearly 4GBs @ 190 hours estimated time) to my office computer (a Mac Pro w/ large display) and I would like to shut off the screen display, yet leave the computer on over the weekend...    

    System Preferences, Energy Saver, Display sleep, set it to a couple of minutes. The display will go dark but the computer will continue to run. Touching a key on the keyboard will bring the monitor back to life.

  • Malcolm J. Rayfield Level 5 Level 5

    Press Control-Shift-Eject to put the display to sleep.

  • MorrisLives Level 1 Level 1

    I didn't have a chance to go into the office today (it's raining here in SoCal), but I'll definitely consider all the tips you all mentioned. Although hopefully data speed improved and it's all downloaded by then!

  • Lexiepex Level 6 Level 6
    expertise.macosx
    Mac OS X

    I wouldn't even consider downloading if your internet connection is that bad that 4GB takes 190 hours (8 days).

    4GB is less than an hour.

    Wait until the connecivity is normal again or download in another place where you have strong internet (do it on a friend's computer and save it on a stick).

  • MorrisLives Level 1 Level 1

    Well, I've tried multiple times to download the updater but I keep getting a message that something was corrupted and that the download failed.

     

    I tried the various suggestions but I think the problem lies with our network. It's a government-based connection and maybe when it "senses" a download of 2GBs (the combined portion of the update), it probably puts some kind of restriction.

     

    Thanks all for your input!

  • Grant Bennet-Alder Level 9 Level 9

    Sometimes there are intermediate versions available that are smaller, and you can do two smaller updates instead of one Huge Update.