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DMBand0026
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2005-06-16, 15:26

To the best of my knowledge this is the best forum for this...but I may be wrong, if I am, feel free to move this.

Anyway, I believe I've found a bug in Tiger. Sometimes I leave my computer for short periods of time and instead of putting it to sleep I'll put a screen saver up because it's easy and it's password protected. (There's a lot of people that come in and out of my place and I don't want them using my computer). I installed Tiger yesterday and today I had class so I put up the screen saver like normal and to test it I moved the mouse...the screen saver turned off, no password prompt.

I went into System preferences and into screen saver and desktop, no password protection option, turns out it's in "security" (logical I suppose, but I think it would make more sense to have the option in the screen saver preference.) The "password protect screen saver" box was checked like it should be, so I un-checked it and re-checked it and tested the screen saver again, it worked this time. A second test failed, again the screen saver just turned off with no password prompt.

I un-checked and re-checked the box again, tested again, and it worked. Tested again, and it didn't work. What's the deal? It's the same with all screen savers as far as I can tell. I'm prompted for a password when restarting, when waking from sleep...just like normal. Auto login is not enabled.

I spoke with Quagmire (Undertaker) and he was experiencing the problem as well.

Anyone else having this problem? Any solutions? Should I notify Apple or is this an isolated incident?

By the way...Mac OS 10.4.1, PowerBook 12" 1.33ghz, 768mb RAM, super drive.

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ghoti
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2005-06-16, 15:28

In Windows, the screen saver won't ask for a password if it's deactivated less than five seconds (or so) after it started. Maybe that's the same in Tiger, and when you tried it, you didn't wait long enough?
 
DMBand0026
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2005-06-16, 15:30

You're right, Quagmire figured it out for me.

Thanks for readin about my problems.

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Brad
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2005-06-16, 15:35

So, you're saying taht now there is a delay before asking for a password? Before locking this up, would you share with us how long the delay is?

This is a welcome addition for me if the delay is short like 5 seconds. Otherwise, I'd hit Apple with feedback.

(I'm only on 10.3 machines at the office right now.)

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2005-06-16, 15:37

On a related, but different note, sometimes when I wake up from sleep (there is a password prompt) to use my system again...but other times there isn't. So I have to put the computer back to sleep and wake it up again, to get the prompt. Weird, no?
 
DMBand0026
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2005-06-16, 15:50

Quote:
Originally Posted by Brad
So, you're saying taht now there is a delay before asking for a password? Before locking this up, would you share with us how long the delay is?

This is a welcome addition for me if the delay is short like 5 seconds. Otherwise, I'd hit Apple with feedback.

(I'm only on 10.3 machines at the office right now.)
The delay is about 2 seconds as far as I can tell, and it's consistent now that I've tested it. To be honest, this is a welcome addition for me as well because I use a hot corner to activate the screen saver and now I don't have to worry about entering in a password should I accidentally mouse over to that corner.

No Apple feedback necessary.

And I've always had it ask for a password when waking from sleep, that's remained consistent. No problems there.

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Brad
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2005-06-16, 16:00

Tres awesome.

Actually, I believe 10.0 - 10.2 had a very small delay like this and I that it was taken out with 10.3. I'm glad someone else complained about it on my behalf.

Now, by request, Mr. Dancy Lock gets to par-tay!


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