Change what happens when lid is closed?

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  1. iMatt mini macrumors 6502

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    I can't find this option. When I close the iBook lid, I don't want it to sleep. I don't mind if the LCD sleeps but I don't like how it logs me off of Adium and everything. I want to keep that on. Where do I find this option if it exists?
     
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    It isn't an option built into the OS, but I think that there is some sorta of free download third-party hack, that will allow you to change those settings.
     
  3. iMatt mini thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Is it bad to always leave the lid open?
    or Always leave it charging?
     
  4. dsharits macrumors 68000

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    Two things:

    First, yes, this is possible with the assistance of the extended desktop hack.

    Second, NO this is not a good idea. You can read all about the reasons to NOT attempt this in this thread.
     
  5. iMatt mini thread starter macrumors 6502

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    What are you saying is a bad idea? Leaving it charging a lot or leaving the screen open. That thread makes it seem like leaving the lid open is a good idea.
    So what's the best way to maintain battery life? Letting it go all the way day? I thought that was a myth. :confused:
     
  6. dsharits macrumors 68000

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    Sorry for the confusion.

    Leaving the lid open during operation is necessary, but not while it's charging. I leave mine closed while charging all the time, and I have no problems. Because most of the heat is transferred through the keyboard, it is not a good idea at all to have it not sleep when you close the lid.

    The best way to get the most out of your battery life is to keep the electrons moving. This means that you shuldn't leave it charging for weeks at a time, instead you should unplug it once in a while and run it off the battery for a decent amount of time.
     
  7. iMatt mini thread starter macrumors 6502

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    So, should I run it down to 0% or is 75% good enough once a week about?
    Also, double negatives confused me, is it bad if I never close the lid? I don't want to it shuts off the internet connections and Adium turns off. I let the LCD screen sleep pretty often though, and I lower the brightness to the lowest one that you can't even see the screen, when I leave for extended ammounts of time, over an hour.
     
  8. rosalindavenue macrumors 6502a

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    What he is saying is a bad idea is rigging an ibook to stay on with a closed lid-- if you keep an ibook on with a closed lid it will cook the logic board; the ibook needs to be open while it is running to dissipate heat. You can run a powerbook with a closed lid (it is called "clamshell mode"_); the aluminum case takes away heat.

    I dont think battery life has any relation to the issue.

    ** whoops-- question was answered while I was typing--
     
  9. dsharits macrumors 68000

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    Exactly. The iBook should never run with the lid closed. If you want to keep running it with the lid open and the screen shut off, that's fine.

    As for the battery, it should be fine as long as you don't leave it charging and forget about it for long periods of time. As long as you run it off the battery every once in a while, it will be just fine. I don't think there's any real set percentage that you should run it down to, just as long as it's not charging 24/7/365.
     
  10. iMatt mini thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Thanks rosalindavenue, that seems to have answered my question. Hopefully it did. I'm so confused I don't even know what I'm asking. :eek:
     
  11. dsharits macrumors 68000

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  12. iMatt mini thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Yes, thanks for the link. I realized, I'm not using anything that uses Bluetooth, so I might as well turn it off. ;)
     

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