maintain internet while sleeping?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by ero87, Oct 9, 2006.

  1. ero87 macrumors 65816

    ero87

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    #1
    Hey guys, quick question:

    Is there a way to keep the internet running (e.g., my iChat would still be active) when i close the lid to an MBP or put my iMac to sleep? Any 3rd party thing, or secret setting?

    Thanks!
     
  2. jsw Moderator emeritus

    jsw

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    #2
    If you add a display adapter to the DVI port on the MBP, it'll stay awake when the lid is closed, but, if the Mac is asleep, it's asleep - no connections, no apps running, etc.
     
  3. brianus macrumors 6502

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    Are you saying they always have to go to sleep when the lid is closed? Like, by default? That's.. bizarre. If so, shouldn't that behavior be easily changed in System Preferences somewhere?
     
  4. mad jew Moderator emeritus

    mad jew

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    It's not that bizarre. It's a fail-safe measure to ensure the thing won't overheat or get jolted whilst still accessing the hard drive. As far as I know, you don't necessarily need a cable in your DVI port. You can connect a mouse or keyboard to wake the thing up too, unless the newer machines are different. :)
     

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