Snow Leopard slow to sleep

Sometimes users experience an issue where Snow Leopard acts slow when commanded to Sleep Mode.

Sometimes users experience an issue where Snow Leopard acts slow when commanded to Sleep Mode. This can happen because of background processes timing out or your system getting backed up while RAM is attempting to write to the hard disk during the sleep process (the more RAM you have, the slower the process could be).

For users experiencing this issue, you can narrow down the cause of the slow shut down using a simple Terminal command. Open Terminal and enter:

pmset -g log
The "Signature" with the longest "Response Time" (in ms) should be the first program to look at. Users should be sure they have updated all their third party applications and plug-ins, especially after updating to Snow Leopard 10.6.2, to ensure the best compatibility.

Several users report that the GoogleTalk plug-in for Firefox or Safari was their culprit for the longest response time when attempting to put their Mac to sleep. Several other users also found that they had an outstanding print job in their printer queue.


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