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  • My M1 Max starts up too easily

    Posted by Brian Thomas on December 27, 2023 at 9:58 am

    I’m wondering if there’s an option somewhere which will stop my newish machine from turning itself on at the slightest provocation? For my older machines I have to press the power on button on the keyboard but this one starts up as soon as I turn on the shared (between various devices) electricity supply. Or if I touch ANY key by mistake – it’ll get going! Basically, can I get this machine to only start up when I press the power on button on the keyboard?

    Many thanks advance.

    Brian Thomas replied 1 month ago 3 Members · 4 Replies
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  • Ben Balser

    March 7, 2024 at 3:36 pm

    That’s the new Apple default. I hate it. Open the lid, or touch any key, it’s powering up! I have a situation where I have to get two HDMI and an audio interface connected BEFORE booting up (due to the specs of the app we use). But now we have to connect all the hardware while the lid is still closed. The only way to turn this function off and on is via Terminal.

    To stop auto-boot-up, open the Terminal app, and type:

    sudo nvram AutoBoot=%00

    To re-enable auto-boot-up, open the Terminal app, and type:

    sudo nvram AutoBoot=%03

  • Brian Thomas

    March 7, 2024 at 4:42 pm

    That’s really good to know Ben, many thanks!

    It’s so keen to justify its existence that sometimes, when I’ve shut it down and then flicked the power off switch on the wall, it reboots itself! Fortunately the reboot is pretty quick – but my wife doesn’t always agree…

  • Mads Nybo jørgensen

    March 7, 2024 at 9:48 pm

    Yes, I hate it when I send the Mac Mini to sleep.
    And, then it decides to wake back up…

    Thank you Ben, will try that out and see what happens.

    Atb
    Mads

  • Brian Thomas

    March 7, 2024 at 9:52 pm

    If only there was such a simple command to work on kids at bedtime…. 😉

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