AppleTV with a MacBook + ext HD

Discussion in 'Apple TV and Home Theater' started by CMD is me, Jul 12, 2008.

  1. macrumors 6502

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    I'm considering an AppleTV. I have a MacBook Pro and 500gb ext hard drive. Will the AppleTV wake the MBP up from sleep? And does the lid need to stay open (on the MBP)?
     
  2. macrumors 6502a

    FarSeide

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    thats a good question. I have MBP + Apple TV + TC.

    I will try that out. Give me a sec.

    Brain lapse.. Apple TV is synced up to your iTunes at all times so your computer doesnt have to awake.
     
  3. thread starter macrumors 6502

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    But doesn't your MBP need to be awake to access a connected external drive?
     
  4. thread starter macrumors 6502

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    But doesn't your MBP need to be awake to access a connected external drive?

    Anyone?
     
  5. macrumors newbie

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    I think your MB Pro does need to be awake. Otherwise, your AppleTV won't be able to locate your iTunes library.
     
  6. thread starter macrumors 6502

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    So to those with a MacBook + :apple:TV do you just set your OS to not sleep but rather use the screen saver? If so, I guess that's fine, my MBP is just use to getting lots of rest.
     
  7. macrumors 6502

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    I have 40GB Apple TV, and my iTunes alone is over 50GB. So I just stream everything to my Apple TV from my MBP. When I come home, I plug in my MBP and leave it on 24/7. Streaming is really fast. Usually you have maybe 1 second of delay but that's about it. I am sure it is the same way if you use external HD.
     
  8. thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Cool. What do you have your energy saver set to? Never sleep + screen saver on?
     
  9. macrumors 6502

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    Never sleep + Screen off after 15min. I don't bother with screen savor.
     
  10. macrumors 6502a

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    I have this setup and what I do is just let the display sleep. This works perfect. Haven't tried with the whole MBP in sleep mode... I don't think it'd work. In my opinion though just sleeping the display is good enough for my MBP and its not doing any harm really by leaving the computer on a lot while I am home anyway.
     

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