Any way to close the MacBook without it going to sleep?

OrlandoTragic

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Agh. I have a transfer from my desktop going, but its a huge file, and I need to let the computer run overnight.

There is NO way to allow the MacBook's lid to close without it going to sleep?

AGH
 

CalBoy

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There is...but you'd have to plug in a moniter:p Just dim the screen all the way down and then leave the lid nearly closed, but enough to not let it sleep.
 

wako

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There is...but you'd have to plug in a moniter:p Just dim the screen all the way down and then leave the lid nearly closed, but enough to not let it sleep.



Actually if you have a keyboard or mouse connected to it, with the PSU connected as well, you can close the laptop wake it back up. The Monitor will become the default screen, and the screen on the laptop stays off.

So to the original poster, if you can do this, you will have to stop the transfer and restart it because it has to goto sleep for a second before you wake it back up on the external monitor.
 

CalBoy

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Actually if you have a keyboard or mouse connected to it, with the PSU connected as well, you can close the laptop wake it back up. The Monitor will become the default screen, and the screen on the laptop stays off.

So to the original poster, if you can do this, you will have to stop the transfer and restart it because it has to goto sleep for a second before you wake it back up on the external monitor.
Oh cool. But without the external moniter, it's useless right?
 

wako

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Oh cool. But without the external moniter, it's useless right?
useless? if by useless you mean it will go back to sleep, then yes. It will automatically go back to sleep if you dont have the PSU plugged in or disconnected as well. So you cant have it running on the battery with the lid closed.
 

CalBoy

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useless? if by useless you mean it will go back to sleep, then yes. It will automatically go back to sleep if you dont have the PSU plugged in or disconnected as well. So you cant have it running on the battery with the lid closed.
Which means that what I said in my first post was true... you need an external moniter.
 

CalBoy

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If it's overnight, why do you have to close your laptop? If it's the brightness, just turn the brightness down to the lowest.
I told him to do that too...I think he's worried about his screen or something. But seriously, the lowest power setting is perfect for this (it's pretty much like being off).
 

wako

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Which means that what I said in my first post was true... you need an external moniter.
yeah...


what i am saying is that you can close the lid completely and just wake it up if you have a mouse, keyboard, and psu plugged in as well, as opposed to having it open and just dimming the laptop screen
 

polycat33

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What's wrong with the InsomniaX program? That's what I was going to suggest. It does exactly what the OP wanted, keeps the computer from going to sleep when closing the lid.
 

CalBoy

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what i am saying is that you can close the lid completely and just wake it up if you have a mouse, keyboard, and psu plugged in as well, as opposed to having it open and just dimming the laptop screen
I said the OP could do that if he didn't have the external. However, the Insomnia X program is even better. No external needed.
 

M@lew

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But InsomniaX can sometimes mess up whereby it stops your computer from ever sleeping until the next restart. So if you use it, next day close it and go to school and close the lid thinking it slept and you can resume late, your computer will be dead. It won't even deep sleep to save your computers state like normal.
 

CalBoy

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But InsomniaX can sometimes mess up whereby it stops your computer from ever sleeping until the next restart. So if you use it, next day close it and go to school and close the lid thinking it slept and you can resume late, your computer will be dead. It won't even deep sleep to save your computers state like normal.
Hmm... Something to think about. Perhaps after he's done using it, the OP could uninstall InsomniaX? Why hasn't the OP written anything? I would think this would matter to him.
 

Abstract

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If it's overnight, why do you have to close your laptop? If it's the brightness, just turn the brightness down to the lowest.
You don't even need to do that. Forget dimming. What's the point?

You can have your screen shut off completely while the laptop is running. Just look at your Energy Saver preferences. Set your laptop so that it never falls asleep, but set the LCD to turn off after 5 minutes or so. No external monitor needed, no little software app, no need to "close the lid". Nothing.

Once you're finished, set your computer back to your old sleep setting.

Easy.
 

CalBoy

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You don't even need to do that. Forget dimming. What's the point?

You can have your screen shut off completely while the laptop is running. Just look at your Energy Saver preferences. Set your laptop so that it never falls asleep, but set the LCD to turn off after 5 minutes or so. No external monitor needed, no little software app. Nothing.


Easy.
:p Haha. Sometimes we like to over think things:p
 

semaja2

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But InsomniaX can sometimes mess up whereby it stops your computer from ever sleeping until the next restart. So if you use it, next day close it and go to school and close the lid thinking it slept and you can resume late, your computer will be dead. It won't even deep sleep to save your computers state like normal.
That would only ever happen in the rarest cases and should not be of concern, as long as you clearly disabled Insomnia it will go back to normal operations.

One can even enable the mode to enable Insomnia while on battery/AC
 

john2006wright

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You don't even need to do that. Forget dimming. What's the point?

You can have your screen shut off completely while the laptop is running. Just look at your Energy Saver preferences. Set your laptop so that it never falls asleep, but set the LCD to turn off after 5 minutes or so. No external monitor needed, no little software app, no need to "close the lid". Nothing.

Once you're finished, set your computer back to your old sleep setting.

Easy.
sounds sensible. Could I do this when watching DVDs on my external monitor? I don't want to shut the MB, but I dont want the MB display showing the movie as well.
 

morinetti

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"NoSleep makes closure of your macbook lid possible without going to sleep mode. Now you shouldn't plug your mouse and monitor to stay computer awake - just check a tick in the System Preferences and continue downloading of huge files and watching favorite movies over the network with lid closed."