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This is so silly it made me laugh...

In OS X there is seemingly no way to set up the computer to start automatically at a given time. This has bothered me for a while, and I've tried to find a way to do it. I even posted a question about it in the forums on this site, and got a few wild and crazy suggestions on how to do it. Since they involved cutting and restoring the power to the power supply, I didn't even bother trying them (those things do horrible things to your drive if you're temporarily out of luck).

There was a way in OS 9, by using the Energy Saver preference panel.

It still works!

Boot in OS 9, set the time in Energy Saver, launch Startup Disk and select OS X. Shut down and relax. Your computer will now boot (in OS X) at the time you set in OS 9. Sheesh...!
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Wow, I guess it does work...
Authored by: JustyTylor on Feb 22, '02 09:58:09AM

Cause it didn't before. Used to be: if I was in OSX and shut down, I'd have to manually start it up. Now, it powers up when I used to have it power up in OS 9. Must be some sort of placeholder for when they start putting the advanced power-management features in OS X (and I could swear this didn't start happening until I installed OS X.1.3!)



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Wow, I guess it does work...
Authored by: smkolins on Feb 23, '02 09:41:35AM

Does X still have a problem with log files growing endlessly if the machine isn't on around 3 am?

I understand these files are archived and eventually purged by default... if the computer is on....



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Energy Saver/system startup
Authored by: john fleet on Aug 13, '02 04:37:53PM

Well it certainly doesn't work for me - and never has! I'm running 10.1.5 and system 9.2.2.

Before I converted to OSX my system would start up every morning. System 9.2.2 still has these preferences but nothing happens under OSX. What am I missing I wonder?



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Schedule a system startup time
Authored by: thomasrichman on May 23, '03 12:31:00PM

This doesn't work for me, either. I'm using 10.2.6 and 9.2.2. Any clues?



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Authored by: myrkr on Oct 27, '03 01:27:04AM

It works for me,in 10.1.5 and 9.2.2. I do have to open the energy saver control pannel every time(It's NOT scriptable. GRRR!). Though I was hoping there was a way to do it without restarting my computer evey night. (It's my alarm clock). I find it quite plesant to wake up to a sound so dear to my heart.

So if there is a more automatic way help me, please.



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Schedule a system startup time
Authored by: sdresser on Oct 27, '03 01:56:51AM

It is possible to schedule a startup time in the energy saver panel in Panther (10.3). Check it out.



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Schedule a system startup time
Authored by: ClassicUser on Oct 27, '03 03:17:58AM
It is possible to schedule a startup time in the energy saver panel in Panther (10.3). Check it out.
Indeed, this has made a comeback with Panther.

Anyone know what Unix-y goodness is set to enable these actions to again take place? What cron tasks, etc. are updated to initiate the sleep/shutdown/startup actions?

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