Getting a Powerbook to not sleep when the lid is closed

Discussion in 'General Mac Discussion' started by 7on, Apr 15, 2004.

  1. 7on macrumors 601

    7on

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    #1
    Is there a way to keep a powerbook from going to sleep when the lid is closed? Not using an external monitor or mouse/keyboard to keep awake mind you. Or is there a way to turn off the powerbook LCD while it's open? Basically I want to watch movies in my larger external monitor but not be distracted by the bright LCD. Sure I can turn down the brightness, but that's a tad "tiresome." Basically I need something like the mute button for the audio but for the display. Any help?
     
  2. primalman macrumors 6502a

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    See that funny overlapping squares symbol on F7? Hook up you external display, then hitting that button will go between Mirrored, Extended Desktop and Other [I think}. Give it a try. Otherwise, just turn down the brightness to nothing, like 8 clicks rather than one.
     
  3. johnnyjibbs macrumors 68030

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    I find that unplugging a printer or USB mouse with the lid closed (sleeping) wakes my PowerBook from its sleep. They are designed for lid closed operation so I doubt it would harm it. Otherwise, just turn down the monitor brightness all the way.
     
  4. penrodcc macrumors newbie

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    Sleepless Pbook

    Been a while since you started this thread, so you may already have a good solution in place. Take a look at the below software. This is what I used.

    http://www.alxsoft.com/mac/sleepless.html
     
  5. themadchemist macrumors 68030

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    hmm, interesting software.
     

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