InsomniaX
InsomniaX 2.1.3
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InsomniaX is a small utility that acts as a wrapper to the Insomnia kernel extension.

InsomniaX disables either lid and/or idle sleep on your MacBook - any MacBook - allowing you to play music through speakers even while it's closed! or simply just to quickly stop the system from going to sleep on idle
What's New
Version 2.1.3:
  • Insomnia is now r9 (Fixes issue where system will not sleep when unloaded with lid closed)
  • Fixed issue with CPU Safety menu item not working correctly
  • Insomnia will not load if it detects org.binaervarianz.driver.insomnia loaded
  • CPU Safety has been lowered to 80 degrees celsius
  • Status Icons are changed to use two different sections to better visualise modes
  • Retina support has been added
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Version 2.1.3:
  • Insomnia is now r9 (Fixes issue where system will not sleep when unloaded with lid closed)
  • Fixed issue with CPU Safety menu item not working correctly
  • Insomnia will not load if it detects org.binaervarianz.driver.insomnia loaded
  • CPU Safety has been lowered to 80 degrees celsius
  • Status Icons are changed to use two different sections to better more...
Requirements
Intel, OS X 10.7 or later



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InsomniaX User Discussion (Write a Review)
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sosoyan reviewed on 13 Aug 2013
It's seems I can't disable it even after unistall with your instruction, did you tested it with rMBP 10.8.4? My rMBP sleeps with closed lid, only when I unplug the AC... What to do???
[Version 2.1.3]


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Herojig reviewed on 12 Aug 2013
Does not work with a 2013 MBA running ML. too bad.
[Version 2.1.3]


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Jeepster reviewed on 19 Apr 2013
Very handy indeed! Took a little while for me to understand the relationship between the 'Disable Lid Sleep' first setting you see upon clicking on InsomniaX in the Menu bar and the 'Disable Lid Sleep on....' settings within Preferences for the various power settings and rules; basically I realised that the latter settings don't appear to take effect 'until' you remove the Magsafe Power connector and then re-connect it, then hey presto all is activated and makes sense.

One little additional feature could prove handy though (and has probably been mentioned already), which is to have an option to auto enable Display sleep upon Lid-Close. Therefore when the Lid is closed and the MacBook Pro continues to run (without system sleep), if anyone besides the User opens the Lid then they are presented with the password logon for security purposes, providing the user has set this within OS X's Security & Privacy within OS X's System Preferences.
[Version 2.1.3]


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Jstgermain reviewed on 15 Apr 2013
Seemed great till I actually utilized it. after one use, it would cause the computer to run really hard using a ton of system resources slowing down everything, and the program would freeze up and not allow me to enable or disable it. great features and hot keys, but, not worth the headache of having to reboot all the time to get it to start working again.
[Version 2.1.3]


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avluis reviewed on 24 Feb 2013
Does what it says it does with extra bell and whistles, it's too easy to use and the menu is intuitive. It's free, can't beat that and so far very stable, no complaints here.
I got this to keep my wifi on so that my tv can reach my media server once I closed the lid on my MacBook Pro mid-2012 w/ 10.8.2.
[Version 2.1.3]


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DMA.be reviewed on 27 Jan 2013
Works great !
Thx
[Version 2.1.3]


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ashcode reviewed on 06 Jan 2013
Just what I need.. This app works as it say..
[Version 2.1.3]


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rinopo reviewed on 11 Oct 2012
I used to use Caffeine then NoSleep (the one by Pavel Prokofiev) but recently switched to InsomniaX.

Caffeine doesn't support clam-shell mode. NoSleep does, and that's the only thing it does. InsomniaX is more full-featured and well-designed. I preferred InsomniaX's customizablity to NoSleep's simplicity.

A couple of improvement suggestion though:

When I select "Disable Lid Sleep" in the menu, the menu text changes to "Enable Lid Sleep". I find this a bit unintuitive, maybe because I'm not a native English speaker. I'd prefer if it turned to "✓ Disable Lid Sleep" (same text with check mark).

I installed InsomniaX on my iMac, and found that the menu still shows "Disable Lid Sleep" item, which is obviously unnecessary. If the software could detect on what machine it is installed and automatically disables (or hides) the unused feature, that would be nice.

There's a "CPU Safety" mode in the preferences menu. I looked around the readme and the developer's website but I couldn't find any description about what this setting actually means. Feel like better "safe" than not, but then why is this optional?

Anyway thank you very much for sharing such a great app!
[Version 2.1.2]

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Steffen_Leicht replied on 08 Jan 2013
in the readme, you find this..

- CPU Safety has been lowered to 80 degrees celsius

so i think, its a safety feature when you closed the lid and the cpu goes to hot.
but what it does? shut down when to hot?
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sheel jethwa reviewed on 25 Sep 2012
Awesome app, allows me to download all i want as the internet speeds in Africa are useless. they also are very helpfull when you have a problem as i had just experienced. I have just upgraded to v2.1.2 but v2.0 never gave me any hassle.
[Version 2.1.2]


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Yuzver' commented on 04 Sep 2012
Is there version for Snow Leopard 10.6.8 ?
[Version 2.1.2]

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semaja2.net (developer) replied on 05 Sep 2012
If you navigate to http://semaja2.net/insomniaxinfo you can find the download link for version 1.3.5 which should be compatible, otherwise a full catalog of versions is available at http://insomniax.semaja2.net but you will have to just keep trying different versions until you find the right one

If you have any issues post on my site and I will email you a response :)
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Yuzver' replied on 05 Sep 2012
Hello, I saw this link for 1.3.5 version on your site, but it is not work, show Internal Server Error.
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semaja2.net (developer) replied on 05 Sep 2012
Sorry about that, try the below link

http://insomniax.semaja2.net/InsomniaX_1.3.5.tgz
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Yuzver' replied on 05 Sep 2012
Thanks, all very well :)
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semaja2.net (developer) replied on 05 Sep 2012
No problems, I hope InsomniaX serves you well and if you believe it is worth it please consider donating :) also please leave some feedback here :)
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Yuzver' replied on 05 Sep 2012
Ok, send 3$ to Australia :)
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Tico96 had trouble on 31 May 2010
this should work for insomniax:http://www.mediafire.com/?2nnntmmncn0 just extract it
[Version 1.3.5]


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Soap.cx had trouble on 24 Nov 2009
1) My Macbook 4,1 in 64 bit mode doesn't go back from SLEEP mode (.
2) After enabling InsomniaX I can't disable it, only by turning off (
Petr
[Version 1.3.5]

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Bushwhack replied on 05 Jan 2010
Same issue. MacBook Pro sleeps when running 64 bit and closing the lid. Had to uninstall.
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rge3 replied on 21 Mar 2011
I have the same thing. It looks like we need a 64-bit version of Insomniax...

rge3s-MacBook-Pro:MacOS root# file *
Insomnia: Mach-O universal binary with 2 architectures
Insomnia (for architecture ppc): Mach-O object ppc
Insomnia (for architecture i386): Mach-O object i386

rge3s-MacBook-Pro:MacOS root# uname -m
x86_64

Which results in (/var/log/system.log)...
Mar 21 13:17:55 rge3s-MacBook-Pro com.apple.kextd[10]: Can't load /Users/rge3/Library/Application Support/InsomniaX/Insomnia_r6.kext - no code for running kernel's architecture.
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C3lsius had trouble on 21 Sep 2009
My Powerbook G4 started sleeping yesterday (possibly due to overheating problem) even though I was working on my computer and keeps on doing so after I wake it up. Today, it finally slept all the way through and I had to take out the battery to shut down and reboot.

I want to try downloading Insomniax for my OS 10.4.11. Does anyone know where I can download the previous version? I can't seem to find it online. I really really need it to try and see if it cures my laptop's sleeping problems. Thanks.
[Version 1.3.5]

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Mcloe commented on 17 Oct 2009
@ c3lsius: I had the same problems with my Powerbook; turned out to be a malfunctioning heat sensor. Check out this page: http://knit1spin1.wordpress.com/2007/11/14/narcoleptic-powerbook-cured/
It's really quite simple. My PB now works flawlessly again.
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euroart had trouble on 06 Sep 2009
This version works in Snow Leopard but only if you are running 32-bit kernel.
[Version 1.3.4]


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Ben87 had trouble on 23 Nov 2008
I've tried downloading this a few times, to my mac book pro with leopard, it downloads and installs normally but doesn't work at all, when I open insomniax it does not show up in the top control bar, I can't control anything. Some help please?
[Version 1.3.3]


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Astorga had trouble on 06 Jun 2008
By the way, it also flips my macbook's camera on and off, as if I had closed and opened the lid every few minutes.
Please help me get rid of your software.
[Version 1.3.3]

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MacUpdate-Lon commented on 06 Jun 2008
http://helpdesk.semaja2.net/
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Astorga had trouble on 04 Jun 2008
Hello, developers of insomniax. I've tried your software, because in my old PC I liked to close the lid and leave downloads active, as well as other internet software that refreshes constantly, and Mr. Jobs hasn't taken time as of yet for the groundbreaking research of this feature.
So I downloaded InsomniaX, which I thought was as a possible solution. Unfortunately (and I appreciate your effort), it still cut the internet in My Leppard-based Macbook (Mac OS X 10.5.3 - 9D34 - Kernel Version: Darwin 9.3.0), and so I went on to remove it.
... and I had the usual "absence of uninstall"problem: I made sure I disabled "sleepless mode" (or whatever), then quit the program. Then I removed the .app from the App folder, and looked for the kext, which was in the /InsomniaX folder in ~/Library/Application Support, I think. I moved the folder with the kext to a backup corner of my HD, as I did the app, and there I was.
Surprise, surprise: As I found out the next morning, whenever my computer goes (lid open) to sleep, as normal, prior-to-insomniax energy saver instructions tell him to, I cannot wake him up anymore by sliding my finger across the trackpad, or by just pressing any key!
I have to actually close the lid and open it again. It's not only wildly annoying, but also shortens the life of the lid mechanism.
Forgive me if I'm somewhat disappointed that the program wrote a kext on my mac-equivalent-"registry" by my merely double-clicking the app, without any prior warning. (It just gave me an "I did it" acknowledge screen.)

Please instruct me on how to revert this picture, since the mere removal of the folder and the kext didn't do any good. Since InsomniaX has likely written something on my "registry", I urgently need to know what to do in my specific case. I have no Terminal experience whatsoever and need your guidance.

Yours urgently,
A.
[Version 1.3.3]

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MikeJones replied on 01 Jul 2009
I have the same problem. I love the idea but the program does not work. I had no problems durring the first few months of use. What happened and how can I do a full uninstall. I will try an uninstaller such as appzapper.
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GuillaumeS6550 replied on 08 Dec 2013
Same issue here too, great software if it works...

WikS2812 rated on 13 Mar 2014

[Version 2.1.3]



ferrofossati5231 rated on 10 Jan 2014

[Version 2.1.3]



pranavzaveri5427 rated on 10 Mar 2013

[Version 2.1.3]



Levantado rated on 29 Sep 2012

[Version 2.1.2]



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Yuzver' rated on 04 Sep 2012

[Version 2.1.2]



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Otterblue rated on 08 Aug 2012

[Version 2.0.1]



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Semaja2.net rated on 29 Apr 2012

[Version 2.0.1]



Nmensel rated on 19 Apr 2012

[Version 1.3.5]



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StevenHCarter rated on 15 Apr 2012

[Version 1.3.5]



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skyvvalker rated on 17 Dec 2011

[Version 1.3.5]


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Date:06 Jan 2013
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InsomniaX is a small utility that acts as a wrapper to the Insomnia kernel extension.

InsomniaX disables either lid and/or idle sleep on your MacBook - any MacBook - allowing you to play music through speakers even while it's closed! or simply just to quickly stop the system from going to sleep on idle


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