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Adidas Addict
Nov 30, 2010, 06:34 AM
I am using my new MBA with the Neet Cables HDMi adapter (Audio and Video). Working great but I would like to know if I can close the macbook instead of just turning the brightness right down while watching a movie?

Thanks in advance.



~J~
Nov 30, 2010, 06:36 AM
Yes. You just need a way of waking the system up after it goes to sleep when you close the lid, ie a usb keyboard. I do it all the time with my MBP. Hope that helps.

J

simsaladimbamba
Nov 30, 2010, 06:37 AM
http://support.apple.com/kb/ht3131?viewlocale=en_US or/and http://semaja2.net/insomniaxinfo

Adidas Addict
Nov 30, 2010, 06:38 AM
Yes. You just need a way of waking the system up after it goes to sleep when you close the lid, ie a usb keyboard. I do it all the time with my MBP. Hope that helps.

J

Ah right, might get myself a trackpad in that case, would that work?

~J~
Nov 30, 2010, 06:39 AM
Should. If not, a keyboard works.

Adidas Addict
Nov 30, 2010, 06:56 AM
http://support.apple.com/kb/ht3131?viewlocale=en_US or/and http://semaja2.net/insomniaxinfo

Should. If not, a keyboard works.

Thanks people, I don't have any wireless keyboards or mice spare so I may have to buy something. Hopefully the trackpad wakes it from sleep as a mouse would (as that's all it it really) as I quite fancy one anyway.

foiden
Nov 30, 2010, 07:35 AM
Very nice info to have. And I've been spending all this time, when I did hook my laptop up to the TV, with it open. I even have a bluetooth keyboard, but I never tried that option. I'll remember that for the next time. That's almost akin to the Ipad being able to still Airplay it's media through ATV even while it's screen is switched off.

millerb7
Nov 30, 2010, 07:40 AM
Thanks people, I don't have any wireless keyboards or mice spare so I may have to buy something. Hopefully the trackpad wakes it from sleep as a mouse would (as that's all it it really) as I quite fancy one anyway.

If you hit the power button, and immediately shut the lid of the MBA, with the tv connected, the computer will power up on the tv screen. No need to use an external keyboard or anything.

elwood58
Nov 30, 2010, 11:18 AM
Please keep in mind that all of these solution require the mac to be plugged into power. Clamshell mode is not supported while on battery power.

Armeniandave
Dec 4, 2010, 07:06 PM
Thank you very much for the tip on plugging the power cable in! I had tried everything but nothing was working. Finally plugged the power cable in and all is well now!

Really wish that was said somewhere before I wasted all the time trying everything!

Adidas Addict
Dec 11, 2010, 05:01 AM
If you hit the power button, and immediately shut the lid of the MBA, with the tv connected, the computer will power up on the tv screen. No need to use an external keyboard or anything.

I can't get this to work :confused:

Over Achiever
Dec 11, 2010, 12:37 PM
I can't get this to work :confused:

Have you tried it with the computer off first, then pressing power and closing the lid?

Adidas Addict
Dec 11, 2010, 12:40 PM
Have you tried it with the computer off first, then pressing power and closing the lid?

No, do you mean let it start booting then then close it? That wouldn't be any use to me as I want to start the movie/stream then close the MBA.:confused: