This content is rated TV-MA, and is for viewers 18 years or older. Are you of age?
Sorry, you are not old enough to view this content.

How To Video: Batteryless sleep trick

About Video Transcript

How To Video: Batteryless sleep trick

1:41 /

Yank the battery from your Mac without shutting down, then pick up later right where you left off.

Karl the Machinist wrote in to the Real Deal podcast recently saying he had a cool trick where he put his Mac to sleep and took out the battery. When he put the battery back in and turned on the Mac, all of his programs were right where he left them. Granted, Apple no longer sells any laptops with a user-replaceable battery. But if you have an older Mac like mine, it's a really cool trick. I'm going to put this Flash game up on the screen before we put the Mac to sleep. We have a few other programs running here. Now remember where everything is. Put the computer to sleep by tapping the power button so the sleep menu comes up, and then click sleep. Alternatively, you can go to the Apple menu and select sleep from there. Once the sleep light starts blinking and you've confirmed the hard drive is no longer spinning, carefully close the lid so that you don't reactivate the computer, and then remove the battery. The light will go out. The computer will be dead. Now, either connect the computer to AC power, or put the battery back in and restart the computer. You'll see a progress bar and then the computer will return right where you left it. See, look at that. Not only will it amaze your friends, but if you need to yank that battery out on a trip, or you just want to make sure the laptop doesn�t wake up in your bag while you�re driving to work, it�s a great way to make sure you can pickup right where you left off. I'm Tom Merritt, CNET.com

New releases

Amazon Fire HDX 8.9 tablets powers...
2:43 October 30, 2014
The 8.9-inch tablet adds item-identifying Firefly function and audio enhancing Dolby Atmos technology.
Play video
App that translates sign language...
1:37 October 30, 2014
Many millions of people worldwide live with a disabling hearing loss. Now a team of deaf entrepreneurs is...
Play video
World of Warcraft hits its tenth...
5:19 October 29, 2014
CNET speaks to World of Warcraft Lead Game Designer, Ion Hazzikostas, about the history of WoW and making...
Play video
The 13-inch Lenovo Yoga Tablet...
1:56 October 29, 2014
Lenovo's new 13-inch Yoga Tablet 2 couples it's unique hinged design with Windows and a high-resolution d...
Play video
Sony's Action Cam Mini has big...
1:47 October 29, 2014
The HDR-AZ1 delivers great video in a lightweight splashproof body that you can mount places other cameras...
Play video
Tomorrow Daily 077: The Antares...
25:50 October 29, 2014
On today's show, we talk about the Antares rocket incident, how scientists might use hydrogel to create artificial...
Play video
Motorola's Droid Turbo brings 48...
3:37 October 29, 2014
Google wants to get into your bloodstream, Amazon announces their Fire TV stick and the two day smartphone...
Play video
Use a tablet as a photography...
2:08 October 29, 2014
Your iPad or Android tablet can be used as an instant photographic light. CNET's Lexy Savvides shows you how...
Play video