Any way that i can change it so my macbook doesnt goto sleep when i shut cover?

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  1. ljump12 macrumors 6502

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    I want to be able to continue a big download that i am doing the next couple of days; But I would liek to shut the cover of the macbook; or even put it into a low power state; but still downloading... is this possible; any suggestions?!
     
  2. A is for Apple macrumors newbie

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    No.

    If it was possible, just above the F-Keys, where it gets hot, would just burn your LCD display.

    Just keep it open, dim the display and turn on the screensaver.

    Cath.
     
  3. celebrian23 macrumors 65816

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    Someone had this happen with their macbook and it got extremely extremely hot- you don't really want to do this- you just think you do.
     
  4. xtqqtxxx macrumors member

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    If you have a DVI plug and plug in another monitor, the computer will stay on if you close the display, I read somewhere that you don't actually have to have a monitor plugged in, just the DVI out plug connected to a computer. The MB or MBP will think that it is connected to a monitor and stay on with the display closesd.
    I don't know if this is with the MB or MBP or both :confused:
    Not sure if this actually works but you can try. lol.
     
  5. thumb macrumors 6502

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    sometime back someone reported to running their powerbook with an external monitor for quite some with the pb closed (screen off) and the heat of the laptop and oil from general usage of the keyboard prior caused a fungus to grow on the screen and keyboard.

    so no, i would do this for extended periods of time.

    you can set the monitor to turn off independent of the computer in energy saver, i do not know if it would do this during a down load however.
     
  6. Demon Hunter macrumors 68020

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    Yeah the guy with the bacteria, right? Gross.
     
  7. designed macrumors 6502

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    Rather ridiculous if a Mac laptop can't do this when every PC laptop can do it.
     
  8. jsw Moderator emeritus

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    Why?
     
  9. vv-tim macrumors 6502

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    Well... because you pay a premium for Apple... you'd think you'd get great design with equal or greater functionality.

    Anyway... I can shut the display and not have it turn off in Windows. Maybe it's just a limitation of OS X's default settings. You can probably find a place to edit the settings (even if you have to manually edit the config files).
     
  10. SolidGun macrumors 6502

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    This is nothing new to Apple laptops.....and simply the answer is no. Also, there are no mods for this out there (as far as I asked and found out a couple of years ago) so it must not be that simple.

    Why do you want it to not fall asleep? My reason was that I need to close it once in a while to look at something past (other monitors on my desk) it when I am home and that was getting annoying. But battery life wise, it won't make a huge difference.
     
  11. eva01 macrumors 601

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    hmm i never have my laptop on sleep i just put the monitor to sleep.

    The only time it is ever on sleep is traveling to school with me and if i need to preserve battery life while the teacher goes on a tangent.
     
  12. aristobrat macrumors G4

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    Weird -- I use my MacBook "closed lid" fairly often and haven't had any problems with anything getting too hot. :eek:
     
  13. kevin.rivers macrumors 6502a

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    I wish someone would show me this premium people seem to talk about.

    You do get a great design with equal or greater functionality.

     
  14. vv-tim macrumors 6502

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    Well... I bought a Dell E1405 laptop specced the same as the MacBook for $400 less than the MacBook, and it had a higher res display, dual layer DVD burner, and twice the battery length.

    Now, I'm not saying I liked the E1405 (I sold it to help pay for a MacBook Pro), but you're still paying a premium.
     
  15. kevin.rivers macrumors 6502a

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    It would be a premium if the Macbook looked the same and functioned the same as the Dell. Then you would be paying a premium for the Apple name.

    However, you get a more solid built computer as well as awesome software. If you don't see the value in buying a Mac over something else then you should continue buying that something else.

     
  16. jsw Moderator emeritus

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    I guess I see no value whatsoever in a notebook running while closed with nothing attached to it. I have a desktop for that. I vastly prefer knowing that when mine is closed, it's sleeping. Every time. No getting to where I'm going and finding a dead battery.
     
  17. eva01 macrumors 601

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    or worse yet have it running when it is closed and put it in a case where it overheats and frys the logic board.

    Which is why i am obsessive about that. I triple check to make sure it is in sleep mode before i put it in case and then check again before i put it in backpack
     
  18. slffl macrumors 65816

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    Well I just had a coworker buy a Toshiba for more than a 15" MBP and everything on it is speced lesser than the MBP other than it has 1GB of RAM.

    I'd say no, you're not paying a premium anymore. You're paying for a high quality laptop that can run windows AND OSX.
     
  19. Zwhaler macrumors 603

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    Yeah, you don't want to mess up your screen so just maybe set your screensaver on something that doesn't use much power (a simple one) and just leave on it.
     
  20. Josias macrumors 68000

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    Just do what I do when I have to download 4 seasons of Family Guy. Set it to "Never go to sleep". Set it to "Turn off display after 1 minute". Voila. It will still be open, but your display ins't running, and not being melted:D
     
  21. tangerineyum macrumors 6502

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    yea theres no reason to close the lid, if you want to download something just set the screen to go to sleep and uncheck "put harddrive to sleep when possible" everything stays up an running except with a black screen. I never close the lid to my ibook unless it is going on a trip with me.
     
  22. aristobrat macrumors G4

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    You must have gotten a nice discount off of the regular E1405 price! :eek:

    Today, if you spec and E1405 to match the least expensive ($1099) MacBook, the E1405 costs $1.00 more.

    Add the $49.99 DL-DVD option and the $99.99 long-life battery option and the E1405 is ~$150.00 more than the MacBook.

    Regular price to regular price, the MacBooks really aren't "premium", unless you happen to catch a Dell special.
     
  23. vv-tim macrumors 6502

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    Dell specials come up every week. Yeah, I caught it during a 35% off deal, but they come around every other week.

    Apple -NEVER- has deals. The best you can get is like... $150 off an iPod with the purchase of a computer after rebate.
     
  24. Rspaight macrumors newbie

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    Or you can get one like mine, where the lid sensor apparently doesn't work. Closing the lid doesn't put it to sleep, and opening the lid doesn't wake it up.

    If this is really a feature people want, maybe I can sell it for a profit! Who wants to open the bidding at $2000? ;)
     
  25. tsp macrumors newbie

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    "Closed-lid mode" is actually a feature of the MacBook and MacBook Pro:

    http://docs.info.apple.com/article.html?artnum=303722
     

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