- Jul 13, 2014
After a few days of testing, I discovered some major issues with this fix. It breaks HTML5 videos in Safari: you can hear the audio but you don't see anything. Other browsers still work fine though, which I did for a while. Then I noticed the patch also breaks QuickTime's ability to play videos. VLC still works, but it takes a long time to load the video. Bootup also seems faster without the fix but I didn't time it. Looks like we need a real patch after all . I have a BIOS update available I'll try later to see if it fixes it.
Thanks for the feedback JVital. I noticed the same issue with vlc, but for me it's only when starting vlc after sleeping. There's something that is waiting for a timeout (it beachballs for 30s, always the same time), then vlc works fine as long as it's not completely closed (alt-q). I can play/stop etc as many videos as I want as long as I don't close it. I don't use safari or quicktime, but I saw some other threads reporting issues with HTML5/flash. Did you try without the patch to see if it works fine?
In any case, it is definitely not a good fix. Unfortunately since there is no way to log anything in osx, I have no idea what the actual issue is. If the intel guys update the kernel bug, I'll try to see if a better fix can be cooked up for osx.
For anyone else reading this, disabling intel MEI support as posted in the thread linked above is not a great solution by any means. It should only be a last ditch solution if nothing else works to fix intermittent sleep issues.