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    Why do torrents stop when my screen sleeps?

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    Why do torrents stop when my screen sleeps?
    Hi,

    I have a brand new iMac and I'm trying to figure out a way to keep my torrents downloading while I'm in bed asleep without my iMac screen being on, but I can't seem to figure it out.

    I have gone to "Preferences" and set my "display" to sleep after 5 mins, but I set my "computer" to sleep NEVER.

    But still once my display goes to sleep my torrent s stop downloading. Why does my display have to be on? Can't my torrents just download in the background while the display sleeps?

    Any tips on how to achieve this would be amazing!

    Cheers,
    Tom

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    Why do torrents stop when my screen sleeps?
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    you could try turning off all the timers and just dim your display until it turns off and leave it like that?

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    Why do torrents stop when my screen sleeps?
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    Try go to Energy saver and turn off the the check box for turning off the hard disk when ever possible option, that should do it I think.

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    Why do torrents stop when my screen sleeps?

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    Hey guys...thanks a lot for the replies......although neither tip worked?

    Unchecking the "turn off the hard whenever possible" box didn't work. The trorrents still stop downloading as soon as my screen sleeps.

    And, the dimming the screen tip sort of worked but the iMac doesn't really allow you to to dim the screen that much, certainly not all the way off, as far as I have been able to figure out.

    Any other tips?

    This kind of seems a bit silly if its not possible, no?

    I assume the same thing happens with regular internet downloads and torrent downloads....so, Mac didn't think of this?

    Any other tips would be amazing!

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    Why do torrents stop when my screen sleeps?

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    Thanks for recommending Caffeine...i tried it but it also doesn't do the trick....

    Caffeine is essentially just a short cut to your "system preferences > energy saver" tab that allows you to toggle your computer quickly to prevent or allow sleep mode.

    I want to have my screen sleep while torrents happen in the background while I'm comfy in bed sleeping at night.

    It seems so bizarre that Apple didn't think of this....and there are so many threads around...I'm surprised there's no solution....


    Any other ideas anyone???

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    Why do torrents stop when my screen sleeps?
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    There is for sure something wrong somewhere as I do it with downloads and the few torrents I work with all the time while sleeping. Are you sure you have the settings right in System Preferences? Like Eric asked, which torrent client you running?
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    Why do torrents stop when my screen sleeps?

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    same problem
    Hi guys,
    Sorry to bump an oldish thread but it's the only one I've found with a problem similar to mine!

    I work in IT at a school and rely on puling down big downloads over night so as not to pinch too much bandwidth from the students -just like tomdesaulniers, when the monitor turns off, downloads pause. They can be restarted easily the next morning, and sometimes even moving the mouse to wake the screen is enough to reinitialize the download.

    Power settings are set to never sleep hard disks, computer set to never turn off & monitor (for now) also set to never sleep, just because I need some important downloads. But any help to save some power (and the life of my monitor) would be appreciated

    Cheers in advance

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    Why do torrents stop when my screen sleeps?

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    Quote Originally Posted by tomdesaulniers View Post
    Hi,

    I have a brand new iMac and I'm trying to figure out a way to keep my torrents downloading while I'm in bed asleep without my iMac screen being on, but I can't seem to figure it out.

    I have gone to "Preferences" and set my "display" to sleep after 5 mins, but I set my "computer" to sleep NEVER.

    But still once my display goes to sleep my torrent s stop downloading. Why does my display have to be on? Can't my torrents just download in the background while the display sleeps?

    Any tips on how to achieve this would be amazing!

    Cheers,
    Tom

    One simple solution for this. Just try pressing Control + Shift + Eject button at once. Your screen will just turn off without interrupting your torrents downloads or whatever it may be. And remember to never turn off our hard disk and don't put the computer to sleep. All these which can be selected under power saver settings

    Regards

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