MacBook Pro :: Does The Sudden Motion Sensor Work With 12.5mm 1TB Drives?
Dec 1, 2010
I'm installing the Samsung SpinPoint drive tonight and was curious. Does the sudden motion sensor still function properly? The reviews on Newegg don't seem sure. One guy thinks it still works, but he simply
no longer hears it, and another is convinced that without the clicking sound that comes with moving the MBP, it's simply not functioning.
I just dropped in a 1 TB drive into my 17" MacBook Pro and it seems like that the Sudden Motion Sensor doesn't work not. I do not hear the sound when it engages as I did with the stock 500 gig drive that was in there. My understanding is that the Sudden Motion Sensor was not built into the drive and it was built into the notebook itself. Shouldn't I still be hearing the drive stop when the Sudden Motion Sensor engages?
My new MacBook Pro's "Sudden Motion Sensor" won't seem to enable. I've done the Terminal commands listed on Apple's support page and I get a "1" instead of a "0" next to the results, implying that the system thinks it's turned on, yet under "System Profiler" it says "Disabled."
I'm not sure if this would influence it but, I do have a WD500GB Scorpio Blue drive inside and was suffering from the "Beach ball of death" issues associated with the 3rd party HDD's, so I downgraded from the 1.7 EFI Firmware to the 1.6. Anyone experienced this issue or have any recommendations?
I was looking around the big web recently, and saw liquid mac. I downloaded and installed it on my 2011 13 inch macbook pro but it said it couldnt find a sudden motion sensor. So i checked system information, and it confirmed this... I didnt have a sudden motion sensor. Should i go and get this fixed somehow?? can they fix it or will they replace my laptop? Also, the hdd is factory installed if that makes a difference. I have applecare
Some hard drives have a motion sensor in them. These are NOT supposed to be in MacBook/Pro's as the Macs have its own Sudden Motion Sensor. If your MBP has both, they could be conflicting with each other. Try this simple test to see if the problem goes away: (if you're not adventurous, don't proceed)
<<To disable the Sudden Motion Sensor:
Find the current status of Sudden Motion Sensor:
(log in as administrator)
1. From the Finder's Go menu, choose Utilities. 2. In the Utilities folder, open Terminal. 3. When the command line appears, type sudo pmset -g and press Return. 4. Type in the administrator password when prompted and hit Return. This command queries the computer for the current setting of the Sudden Motion Sensor, which you can determine by locating the ams entry (in Mac OS X 10.3) or the sms entry (in Mac OS X 10.4 and 10.5) and looking to the right to determine its value. The default setting is "1" (turned on). 0 means off.
Disabling the Sudden Motion Sensor in Mac OS X 10.4 and 10.5:
1. In Terminal, which should still be open from the previous step, you can disable the Sudden Motion Sensor by typing sudo pmset -a sms 0 and pressing Return (changing the setting to a zero disables the module). 2. Type your administrator password when you are prompted and press Return. 3. Type the sudo pmset -g command again to be sure that the setting has been applied.
Any changes that you make to the Sudden Motion Sensor setting remain in effect even after you restart the computer. If you choose to disable the Sudden Motion Sensor, Apple recommends that you re-enable it as soon as possible in order to take full advantage of the feature.
To re-enable the Sudden Motion Sensor:
Find the current status of Sudden Motion Sensor:
1. From the Finder's Go menu, choose Utilities. 2. In the Utilities folder, open Terminal. 3. When the command line appears, type sudo pmset -g and press Return. Type your administrator password when you are prompted and press Return. If you have the Sudden Motion Sensor turned off, the value of the ams entry (in Mac OS X 10.3) or sms entry (in Mac OS X 10.4 and 10.5) will be a zero (0). >>
What are some good hard drives that have a freefall/sudden motion sensor in them? Planning on putting it in the optical drive bay. I am aware of the scorpio black, but I am wanting something with a bit more storage.
I'm going to have to pop a larger hard drive in this Macbook (2007) to buy a little time before I replace the computer. Does anyone know if my Macbook's sudden motion sensor can work with *any* replacement hard drive to tell that drive to park its heads in the event of a drop? Or does that only work with certain ones?
I think this post would fit in the Hardware/Notebook-section as well but since I am looking for a OSX workaround, I will post it here:
I have a problem with the sudden motion function in my PowerBook. When switched on, the SMS causes to switch off the internal hard-drive at random, even if the Laptop stands on a perfectly still and flat surface. This results in interruptions that make it impossible to work with the computer.
I already had this problem when I was running Panther (10.3.9), and deactivated the SMS with the "pmset"-command using the Terminal at the time. As long as I was running Panther, this workaround worked perfectly for me, I had no more hard-drive-interruptions.
Later, however, I made the Upgrade to Leopard (I skipped Tiger), making a clean install after formatting the PowerBooks hard-drive. Now the SMS was active again (and displayed "active" in the System Profiler) and the HD-interruptions were back.
So I tried to deactivate the SMS with the "pmset"-command - this time without result. I can set the value of "sms" to 0 and back to 1 all right - the Terminal shows the corresponding value when prompting "pmset -g".
Unfortunately this has no effect to either the hardware (the interruptions are still there) or the System Profiler (is displays "active" for the sms, regardless of the value that is shown when using "pmset -g"). I am aware that the variable was altered from "ams" to "sms" from Panther to Tiger (and subsequently Leopard), but neither "pmset -a ams 0" nor "pmset -a sms 0" would work.
To exclude the possibility of a real hard-drive-malfunction, I bootet the Powerbook from an external Firewire-Drive an with my an Panther-backup. After making some testing with accessing the internal HD (it worked fine), I looked into Panther's System Profiler and saw that the SMS was deactivated as expected.
I then experienced something strange - when rebooting Leopard, the sms-Status in the Profiler still was "inactive" and the PowerBook worked perfectly again. I was quite happy and made some updates. However, somehow the status was set to "active" again after some reboots, along with the malfunctions experienced before.
I wanted to find out, whether this "reactivation" had something to do with one of the updates (I brought the system up to 10.5.5 at the time) and booted the old Panther again. The sms was inactive again, again remainded inactive after reboot with Leopard.
I tried to reboot with and without power plug, I even made a PMU reset - the SMS remained inactive (which was good and made me hopeful again). However, after I switched of the Notebook and bootet again a few hours later, the sms-Setting in the Profiler was "active" and the Notebook was again not working properly.
Is there any possibility to access the sms-setting apart from "pmset" in the Terminal? Where does the system profiler derive the status from?
I want to deactivate the sms for good and at the moment this apparently works only in Panther (and I really don't want to downgrade to 10.3 again). I don't want to have it repaired since I think this would mean to replace the Logic Board which is a much too expensive investment for a 4.5-year-old Notebook.
I have bought a macbook pro in the late 2009.. and its sudden motion sensor is repositioned (in version 5.3) and it works in the other way around.. when i try with programs that use the sensor to make sth.. like when you move right, the things going upwards.. and when you move in the y direction things are moving in the x direction.. So has anybody have this problem?
And i have been reading articles about new version Smackbooks which works with this version but nothing was helpful so far.. I am calling those people who have the same version as me and have some proper apps to work with our version...
I have ordered several new MBPs (5 with SSDs...) for my clients, but have a mechanical HDD for myself in my new MBP; I just thought about the motion sensor that locks mechanical HDD read heads on sudden acceleration, and realized that it is an OS feature... Has anyone that has a mid 2010 MBP and a SSD noticed HDD lock in sudden movement with a SSD?
You can simulate this 'lock' by moving the MacBook suddenly when playing content from the drive... Has anyone seen the drive cause playback to halt for 2-3 seconds while the SSD 'recovers'? If so, this needs to be fixed...
Anyway, all of sudden, any motion I make kills the backlight of the screen. In the right light you can still see things and the computer still works perfectly, just extremely hard to see. Have to do a restart in order to get going again.
I replaced the hd in my 13" macbook pro with a western digital blue, 500gb. My concern is that the computer is not as snappy as I think it should be. I understand that I might have installed a hard drive with a motion sensor and that the motion sensor of the hd may conflict with the motion sensor of the mac itself and that might be the source of the slowdown? If so, which sensor should I deactivate, the mac's of the hard drive's?
i need a software that enables me to change the song by hitting the macbook. I want it to use the inbuilt motion sensor.. I had a software for virtual desktop..which would help me to change the desktop by hitting the macbook (not a wild one)... please let me knw if there is such app..
I have four external drives connected to my MBP: One USB 2.0 drive, and three that are connected via FireWire 800 (they are connected "in line", i.e. one is connected to the MBP, the second one is connected to the first one, and the third one is connected to the second one).For several months already, I experience the following anomaly:When an external drive hasn't been used for a while it normally goes into sleep mode and the otherwise turning disks come to a standstill. The problem, however, starts when I want to use the data of one of the "sleeping" drives (e.g. by opening the Finder): Then one or more other drives, that are also in sleep mode, but used to come back into "active" mode in the past, are suddenly disconnected. MAC OS X then displays the message that a disk has been disconnected without being formally ejected (via the dustbin). This is not normal, of course, and I am afraid that this behaviour could harm the disks health and live time.I have tried the Disk Utility Tool of OS X for all the drives mentioned, but they seem to be ok.
Info: MacBook Pro (15-inch 2.4/2.2 GHz), Mac OS X (10.6.8)
I have a Macbook pro and my dvd player all of a sudden will not work , but it works fine on virtual machine.when I put a dvd in I get a message saying "the dvd you inserted is not readable by this computer"I think it started after my last updates, but not sure
These problem occur in a late 2013 Macbook Pro. All of sudden my "5" key doesn't work. But if I press any other number, I will get that number and the "5". All other keys work properly. Other symptoms include a running series of 5s in password boxes. I'm absolutely sure there is no water damage. Usb keyboard works fine. Another symptom is an occasional flickering menu when I pull down say Safari or the Apple icon, such that I can't make a selection. I took the 5 keypad off and it looks and reacts just fine. About 10% of the time this problem disappears. Did a virus scan. I'm running Yosemite.
I'm working on a series of short sports videos that will be playing on jumbotrons, and have been trying to create a Title template in motion, with intent to publish it to use it Final Cut Pro X. I started creating the first title, and then after Saving it and publishing it, I opened FCPX to add the title. The title tile under 'Titles' would appear in the correct category, and would show the tile, until I moved the scrubber over it. Upon scrubbing the new title, or placing it in the timeline and scrubbing it, it would show a RED T error. I was using a newly installed font, so I decided to try a brand new basic template with a basic font, and the same thing would happen.
FCPX and Motion 5 are both updated. I've done this before, but it was a couple of years ago.
I'm studying in Visual Communication Design. It is capable of designing both in graphics and media communication. And I want to buy iMac for study in this case. It work for this? Because I wondering about NVIDIA graphics 9400. shared memory from main RAM. And I'd like to play 3D Game in Bootcamp. Such as Crysis. Can it play smooth?
I have an external hard drive that I have been using for my Pcs, and when I hook it up to my mac I cannot write to it (although I can read from it). Is it possible to write to this external hard drive?
I just got a brand new Mac Book Pro. I wanted to get an external harddrive for it. I have a gift card to HP and wanted to buy one from them? Does anyone know if they are compatable? If not, anyone have any suggestions for a HD that is good, but not terribly expensive? I want one that is at least 250 GB.