2011 macbook air clamshell mode help

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by fireworksdesign, Jun 22, 2012.

  1. fireworksdesign macrumors member

    Apr 8, 2011
    Okay guys, I hope someone helps me out here. I bought a 13 inch i5 2011 model last year and most of the time it's in clamshell mode ( connected to the adapter and when I sleep i take it off sometimes/or just leave it on ).

    I'm getting worried for this year alone I have been experiencing freezes on my air , like 5 tabs in google chrome ( some videos with flash ads etc ) but this sort of thing didn't happen last year.

    ---- Does this happen to you guys ? Im getting worried clamshell mode might damage my air in the long run.

    ---- Is there a way to keep my air cool in clamshell mode ? ( im not talking of those stands , or maybe clean out the dust inside or something?
  2. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere


    May 16, 2008
    Clamshell won't damage your Mac, but your battery needs to be exercised to stay healthy, so it's a good idea to run on battery power for a few hours every few days. Your MBA will manage temps and fan speeds as necessary to stay within safe operating temperatures. If you're having performance issues, they likely don't relate to clamshell mode.

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  3. Boyd01 macrumors 68040


    Feb 21, 2012
    New Jersey Pine Barrens
    FWIW, I also have a 2011 13" i5 MBA. I don't recall seeing a single freeze (crash) since I bought the Air in February. I almost never shut it down, just let the display time out and sometimes put it to sleep.

    BUT... I don't use clamshell mode. 90% of the time I am using it on my desktop connected to an old DVI 23" Apple Cinema Display. I leave the cover on the MBA open with the screen dimmed way down. When I close the lid, the fans kick into high very often. With the lid open, they almost never do. I don't know if it's bad for the fans to run on high, but if nothing else, it annoys me.

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