Tuesday, September 19, 2006

Apple admits notebook sleep on shut is broken

One of the nicest things about the 10.3.x world was the notebooks went to sleep so well. Shut the lid, go to sleep.

When Apple introduced OS X 10.4, they broke this. A number of processes don't respond properly to the sleep command -- including background data indexing (spotlight). It's easy now to close a laptop and cart it off -- with the drive running.

Now an Apple kb article admits the inevitable (without apology) -- you can't rely on the sleep mechanism to work:
Wait for your Apple notebook to fully shut down before you close the display.

This was a real screw-up in 10.4. I wonder if it might be fixed in 10.5.

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