MBP Turn off LCD when using external display?

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by rcha101, Apr 9, 2006.

  1. rcha101 macrumors member

    Feb 28, 2006

    I have a new macbook pro laptop. I'm also lucky enough to have a 32 inch lcd HDTV. I'm can connect the two and use front row fine but I'm wondering if there is a way to turn off or put the laptop LCD to sleep when I'm using the HDTV?

    The reason I ask this is it is distracting see the output on two displays when you're trying to watch a movie etc. I could turn the laptop and have it face another direction but it would still light up the room; this would also make it difficult to use the remote.

    Some of you may mention I could close the lid and use an external keyboard and mouse, my question to you is does this work if you only have a mouse? I have a USB mouse here but no keyboard.

  2. PatrickF macrumors 6502

    Feb 16, 2006
    My MBP wakes up whenever I plug or unplug a USB device, so I would say just plugging in a mouse while your notebook is asleep should work.
  3. kbonnel macrumors 6502

    Mar 1, 2004
    In a nice place..
    1. close lid, causing MBP to sleep
    2. use USB/Bluetooth Keyboard to wake up MBP
    3. Main display should now be LCD TV
    4. Open up lid if you wish, it will be turned off.

    That is how my PB works.

  4. skubish macrumors 68030


    Feb 2, 2005
    Ann Arbor, Michigan
    or you can just turn the brightness all the way down
  5. oscarooh macrumors newbie

    Aug 29, 2008
    Turn off Macbook Pro Display When Using External Display

    kbonnel, closing the lid and Perfect, This really Worked

    Thank You

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