Powerbook w/ external monitor

Discussion in 'PowerPC Macs' started by greggy245, Aug 28, 2006.

  1. greggy245 macrumors newbie

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    I have a 17" PowerBook G4. I am looking at getting an external desplay. Does anyone know if I can use the display with my powerbook closed? Or do I have to keep my laptop open? Thanks!
     
  2. runplaysleeprun macrumors 6502a

    runplaysleeprun

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    It is possible, there are programs out there that will allow you to to keep the powerbook awake with the clamshell closed. HOWEVER, I wouldn't recommend doing it, as it will create head dissipation issues. The PB's already run a bit on the warm side, so restricting its ability to get rid of heat is not the greatest idea. but to each his own.
     
  3. ricgnzlzcr macrumors 6502a

    ricgnzlzcr

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    You can run the powerbook perfectly with the screen closed, no software needed. Just hit the spacebar or click the mouse a bit when it's closed and it'll wake up. I ran my powerbook in clamshell mode for a long time. If you're paranoid of it affecting the screen, put a cloth there to protect it or just run it with the screen open. I'm sure you'll be fine though.
     
  4. Josias macrumors 68000

    Josias

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    Just to be sure you get it. You need to have an external mouse and KB, wired or wireless.;)
     

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