Macintosh OS/sleepmode


Jeff :

A new behaviour (on MY mac mini. OS X.10.4 ) I have not
seen before.

I leave the computer running, downloading something, or not.
I turn the  LED monitor off to save power. I return, in 20 ,0r
240 minutes, to find the computer has reverted to sleep mode,
and a version of sleep mode I don't recognize :
It requires I enter my password to return to operative mode   (rather than just click the mouse)
I enter password, and see the desktop has to be rebuilt, as if the mac mini had been rebooted from being OFF ! But it had
never been shut off !

Isn't this weird behavior ?
The mac mini has presented this new  behavior since the recent OSX update.

Any idea what this is all about ?


I don't have any easy answers here...

You might try going to Apple Menu> System Preferences > Security > General.

There's a security feature in 10.10 (don't recall if it's 10.4)  that has the option to require the password after sleep or a screen saver.

Perhaps it's on and set to a larger value than your normal sleep...and this may be on..

On the why it changed? No idea.  

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I can comfortably answer most basic/advanced questions regarding Macintosh hardware and software - nowadays only OSX. In fact, if it's prior to 10.3, there's a good chance I'll reject your question. Forget OS9 stuff - Igave up OS 9 ten years ago). Please do not ask me about OS9. My particular specialties are in Video editing/DVD authoring. I am a certified trainer in the "pro apps" (Final Cut, DVDSP, Soundtrack, Motion). I have been using Macs since 1985.


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