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Indicator of iMac sleep status
Authored by: everkleer80 on May 12, '11 10:33:27AM

Heh, this is the kind of hint I like - really simple and obvious, yet when I see it I think "why didn't I think of that?!" I'm sure most users have run into the issue where their computer is set to sleep after X minutes, but it never goes to sleep. Because this happens to me a lot, when I sit down at my iMac I like to know whether it was sleeping or if just the display was sleeping - or sometimes I even walk by it and just wonder if it's actually sleeping. Thank you for providing a simple way to tell!

BTW, is there some extension/program I can use to have the caps lock light always on regardless of the actual caps lock status? In order to use this as a sleep indicator, it would be a lot more convenient if I didn't have to remember to hit caps lock every time I leave my machine.

Edited on May 12, '11 10:44:58AM by everkleer80

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Indicator of iMac sleep status
Authored by: apta on May 17, '11 05:46:05PM

Another way to tell if an iMac is awake or not is by placing a hand on the exhaust vents and sensing whether warm air is coming out due to the fans. The fans always spin while awake but not when asleep.

On the white iMac models the exhaust vents are on the back near the top. Don't know about the newer iMacs but I guess they'd be in a similar place.

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