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10.4: Sleep and wake IR-equipped Macs via the remote System 10.4
Tiger only hintThe Unofficial Apple Weblog tells us that by holding down the Play key, you can use your Apple Remote Control to put your Mac to sleep (assuming you have Front Row on it).

[robg adds: Now that I have a mini in house, I can test these types of things, as well as research them. In this case, this feature is documented, though it's quite buried. The mini's manual says that you can use the remote to put the machine to sleep, but then doesn't actually explain anywhere how to do so. Instead, I found it referenced in the mini's help, in the "putting your computer to sleep" topic. It also mentions there that you can wake the machine by pressing any button on the remote. I tried it, and it works.

Note that if you happen to use a remote-equipped Mac in a public place, you may wish to disable the IR remote, lest you find your machine suddenly sleeping thanks to tricksters nearby with their own remotes! You can do this in the Security System Preferences panel.]
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10.4: Sleep and wake IR-equipped Macs via the remote
Authored by: fds on Mar 08, '06 08:09:14AM

Page 13 in the Mac mini manual:

Put Your Mac mini to Sleep
[...]
To put your Mac mini to sleep quickly, do one of the following:
[...]
Press and hold the Play/Pause button on the Apple Remote for 3 seconds.



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10.4: Sleep and wake IR-equipped Macs via the remote
Authored by: fds on Mar 08, '06 08:11:13AM

You may also want to read Page 39, Pairing Your Apple Remote.



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10.4: Sleep and wake IR-equipped Macs via the remote
Authored by: diamondsw on Mar 08, '06 08:37:15AM

Assuming this works with MacBook Pro's, this is GREAT! It's always been something of a problem when you want to use an external display only with a Powerbook/MacBook - close the lid to put it to sleep, but how to wake it without opening the lid?

I'll be trying this one tonight. :)



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10.4: Sleep and wake IR-equipped Macs via the remote
Authored by: spursley on Mar 08, '06 12:26:43PM

I works with a MBP also.



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10.4: Sleep and wake IR-equipped Macs via the remote
Authored by: PopMcGee on Mar 08, '06 09:00:46AM

You can pair a specific remote to a specific computer to omit those pranksters: Click and hold the Menu and Next/Fast-forward buttons for 5 seconds. To unpair the computer, open the Security pane in System Preferences and Click Unpair.

Source: http://gnuhaus.com/iblog/archives/000200.html



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10.4: Sleep and wake IR-equipped Macs via the remote
Authored by: acalado on Mar 08, '06 10:49:22AM

This should be a hind of it's own in Mac OS X Hints!



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10.4: Sleep and wake IR-equipped Macs via the remote
Authored by: kalisphoenix on Mar 08, '06 08:58:06PM

Or, alternately, one can read the strange bits of paper Apple included with the machine you bought.



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10.4: Sleep and wake IR-equipped Macs via the remote
Authored by: Anonymous on Mar 08, '06 11:37:57AM

Some testing reveals that only an admin account can pair the remote, and once that is done, regular user accounts cannot use the remote.



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10.4: Sleep and wake IR-equipped Macs via the remote
Authored by: kalisphoenix on Mar 08, '06 09:00:38PM

Test some more. You're correct about having to be an admin to pair it, but standard accounts (at least on my setup) can use the remote still.



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10.4: Sleep and wake IR-equipped Macs via the remote
Authored by: Anonymous on Mar 09, '06 11:24:46AM

Yes, you are correct. I tried again today and it works, but it sure didn't yesterday. Go figure.

Now if only the trailers server was working again.



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10.4: Sleep and wake IR-equipped Macs via the remote
Authored by: cawaker on Mar 08, '06 12:06:45PM

haha this is rad, I had no idea and I was just thinking to myself as i set up my new mac mini, wonder if I need to set this to not ever go to sleep.

Then i realized i am going to be using it as a web server also, so yeah i dont need to sleep it.

but still great tip for my macbook pro also.



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10.4: Sleep and wake IR-equipped Macs via the remote
Authored by: bdkennedy1 on Mar 08, '06 05:39:49PM

This works on my iMac with a cool little ZZzzzz animation. I also found out that I can control iTunes with the remote without having to use Front Row.



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10.4: Sleep and wake IR-equipped Macs via the remote
Authored by: macheel on May 20, '06 07:28:14AM

I purchased a black 2 GHz MacBook a couple days ago, and stumbled upon this thread. I tried all the mentioned tricks here. Everything that works with the Mac Mini also worked with my MacBook. This includes the sleep, wake, and "remote pairing" functions.

Tres chic!



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10.4: Sleep and wake IR-equipped Macs via the remote
Authored by: Pylon on Jun 12, '06 10:39:28PM

The first thing I tried after buying my MB was waking the MB with the front row remote while the notebook was closed and an external monitor was connected (specifically a mini-dvi to TV adapter from apple to my TV). It worked however I have run into an interesting problem that really needs to be solved. Although it wakes the computer when you try to play a movie from the movie menu you get sound but no video. Now if you wake the thing with a USB keyboard or mouse first and then use the remote the movie plays just fine.

Keep in mind these conditions:
The MB is closed!
No keyboard or mouse!

All I want to do is hook up my MB (and only my MB) to the TV and watch a movie without being distracted by MB screen. No external mouse needed. I have front row. Of course playing music works fine. The menus work fine. Just the video of the movies are broken?????

Somebody Please help!



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