Speeding up MacBook Pro Sleep & Resume…

May 1, 2009

One of the things I absolutely love and have shown off to more than a few people, is how quickly my Mac goes in and out of sleep mode. It means that I can open and close with abandon and not really have to worry about it affecting my productivity. It also means that when I realize I’m running late, I can drop the lid and don’t have to twiddle my thumbs very long (sans Solitaire/WebSudoku) while I wait for everything to spin down. I love this – when it works. Occasionally when I attempt to wake my machine, I will get a totally black screen with no login prompt. The machine appears to be awake but the screen isn’t active. Closing the lid does not put it back to sleep so I have to power cycle the thing to get it going again. I know, I know, everyone is going to give me grief about how Mac just works and whatnot but it’s total bollocks. EVERYTHING has issues. Live with it.

Tweak It

Never one to stop fiddling and exploring, I recently ran across this post where a guy was complaining that they’d messed with the sleep behavior between his trusty Powerbook and the new MacBook. He detailed a tweak that made this already great (albeit occasionally flaky) feature even better along with a good explanation of the details of the change. He claims it’s more reliable but I haven’t had it long enough to say one way or the other yet but I can tell you, my MBP sleeps and wakes nearly instantly now. The only thing that this tweak takes away from you is the ability to swap out batteries while the machine is in sleep mode. Since I didn’t even imagine I could do that and I’m not really sure I would do that anyway since I don’t have any spare batteries, I didn’t feel like I was giving anything up. I’m duplicating the tweak here for reference purposes and you “lazy” folks who aren’t going to go read the original post:

From the terminal, you should check your current mode using:

pmset -g | grep hibernatemode

Then set you machine to use mode 0:

sudo pmset -a hibernatemode 0

And reboot.
If you’d like to clear out the file where the memory was being written to, you can use this:

sudo rm /var/vm/sleepimage

David O’Hara is a Principal with Improving Enterprises in Dallas, Texas.


MacBook Pro Speaker Freakout…

January 25, 2008

I’ve had this happen twice now and couldn’t find anything about it. While happily working away on my laptop, the speakers made a loud, sudden pop. After that no sound would come out of them – no iTunes, no notifications, nothing. I turn the volume up and down several times with no effect. Mute caused the popping noise though so I knew the speakers weren’t dead just freaked out. On a whim, I plugged in my headphones and mashed the mute button again. Viola! Sound worked fine in the headphones. Upon unplugging them, I now have sound again. Uh…ok.
Not sure if it warrants a trip to the Apple Store (when am I NOT looking for a reason to go there) but since I can’t exactly reproduce the issue I’m guessing I’ll have to wait for a reoccurrence.

David O’Hara is a Senior Consultant with Improving Enterprises in Dallas, Texas.

Hump Day Funnies…

May 10, 2006

Just a few links that I hope will make you chuckle as you start your day.

Apple's Anti-PC videos 

Channel 9 (Microsoft) retaliation to above videos (hey look, they even stole the Mac videos – I guess history DOES repeat itself)

A Juniper bash on Cisco

(Links by way of Artifical Ignorance