cancel sleep when closing Pb screen?

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  1. likosoad macrumors member

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    Hi, I was wondering, is there a way to cancel the powerbook from going to sleep when you clap down the screen. Some windows computers can, I think it would be very handy. I would like to keep my pb closed in my bag and listen to itunes via bluetooth salling clicker, in other words, use my pb as an ipod.
     
  2. mad jew Moderator emeritus

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    Well, you can wake the PowerBook back up by using a device such as an external mouse or keyboard whilst the lid is closed. This is called clamshell mode and is predominantly used with larger external displays. However, I strongly recommend you don't use the PowerBook as an iPod if it means you'll be bumping and moving it around, that's asking for trouble. :)
     
  3. Simon Liquid macrumors regular

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    Also, if it is in a bag and running the fans won't be able to keep it cool. That makes it a very bad idea indeed.
     
  4. HiRez macrumors 603

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    Agreed, terrible idea to have it running in a bag! Apart fromt he heat/fan issue, you don't want to be jostling it around while the hard drive is accessing. Almost guaranteed disaster there, get an iPod! :rolleyes: But yes, you can run them in lid closed mode with an external monitor, just close the lid after you hear the startup chime but before it boots up.
     
  5. Simon Liquid macrumors regular

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    Alternately, plug in your keyboard and mouse and wake it up with them. But only at a desk or table, forget the bag stuff.
     
  6. likosoad thread starter macrumors member

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    Thanks for the info, it's working great. It was indeed a very dumb idea to use it as an ipod, stupid mistake. But I use it now when i'm just listening to music via my salling clicker phone.
     
  7. negz macrumors newbie

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    Hi, I'm waiting on a MacBook Pro, which will be my first Mac. I assume they will work pretty much the same as the current Powerbooks.

    On this topic, I really don't like my notebook to go to sleep when I close the lid. I like to leave it running overnight plugged in on the desk with the lid closed, or to be able to close the lid during lectures/on battery to save power, but still be able to open it and start working instantly without waiting for it to wake from sleep and without losing network connections.

    So basically, are you able to change a setting so the Powerbook will simply turn off the screen and keep running as normal when you close it without connecting an external monitor or keyboard?
     
  8. mad jew Moderator emeritus

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    Welcome to Macs. Waking from sleep is instant. It's not safe to wander around with an awoken PowerBook. :)
     
  9. grapes911 Moderator emeritus

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    The only way to keep the computer from sleeping while closed is to plug in a mouse, keyboard, monitor, and power cable.

    I believe there are hacks to do what you want, but I will never recommend using a hack.
     
  10. negz macrumors newbie

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    Even so, I imagine they don't manage to hold network connections in sleep mode? I actually use hibernate/deep sleep mode at the moment, though I may just start using normal sleep for the faster wakeup with the MacBook.
     
  11. mad jew Moderator emeritus

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    Yeah, network connections are lost during sleep. :eek:

    By the way, Windows' version of sleep is very different to OSX's. :)
     
  12. skubish macrumors 68030

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    If you are going to leave it on your desk overnight just leave the screen open or just partially closed. You can set it to turn the screen off but not go to sleep.
     
  13. johweedee macrumors newbie

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    so, i did a google search for programs or scripts that will keep a powerbook from sleeping, and i found this:

    http://www.applepedia.com/How_To_keep_a_laptop_from_sleeping

    i'm sure there are more out there, and i can't vouch for how well this one works, but that may be an alternative to plugging in a mouse. come to think of it, i did find one such app a while ago but didn't find it as useful as i thought it would be, and got rid of it. i don't remember where i got it or what the name was. but try that one or go to google. google knows all!
     
  14. grapes911 Moderator emeritus

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    I have no idea if that works, but you have to use a kernel extension for it to work. Be extra careful when working with the kernel.
     
  15. rjphoto macrumors 6502a

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    You've got to "THINK DIFFERENT" now.

    You're getting a Mac.

    Hibernate/deep sleep is a joke.

    When your Mac is asleep (lid closed) you open the lid and the screen comes on and it connects to the network with in a split second (if there's not a ton of security). As long as you are in the same network you shouldn't notice any lag.

    Good luck and welcome.
     

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