Any way to prevent sleep when closing the lid?

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by Wharrgarbl, Mar 12, 2008.

  1. Wharrgarbl macrumors member


    Aug 7, 2007
    On my powerbook, you could close the lid, plug in a display+keyboard+mouse+power, and it would wake up and run fine with the lid shut.

    1) is this possible on the MBA? (Can't test as I don't have a display)

    2) can the MBA be kept awake when the lid is shut with *nothing* plugged in? (i.e. is there software or a hack to do this?)

    I realize that this may have implications regarding venting/cooling and screen life, but in some situations I'd still like to be able to.



  2. xUKHCx Administrator emeritus


    Jan 15, 2006
    The Kop
    I think InsomniaX will do what you want, it works on my MB but haven't tried it on a MBA.
  3. Wharrgarbl thread starter macrumors member


    Aug 7, 2007
    Works perfectly!

    Now my MBA is one step closer to being the world's more powerful iPod Touch. :)

    I wonder if the Modbook guy will make a Modbook Air -- that would be a dream come true!
  4. edwardjung macrumors newbie

    Feb 22, 2008

    I've been running InsomniaX while I have my MBA hooked up to a 24" monitor and bluetooth peripherals. Problem is that doing so drives up the heat. Hardware Monitor shows the CPU temps going up almost 10 degrees C, even when I detect monitors to shut off the monitor on the MBA.
  5. bov macrumors 6502

    Aug 21, 2007
    San Francisco
    will insomniax work for things like keeping downloads going when the lid is closed?
  6. iHerzeleid macrumors 6502a


    May 5, 2007
  7. Terwal macrumors regular

    Jan 29, 2008
    I think I read in a different thread that the MBA worked with the lid closed... by default ?

    That once hooked to a monitor, a keyboard and a mouse: you close the lid, it seems that it goes to sleep but after ~30 seconds, if you move the mouse, you see it coming back up on the monitor.

    I have to say I have not tested myself yet since I miss the cable to hook it to a monitor...
  8. Phil A. Moderator

    Phil A.

    Staff Member

    Apr 2, 2006
    Shropshire, UK
    Can confirm that the MBA works like any other recent apple notebook and will operate lid closed as long as you have an external monitor and power plugged in. I run mine tethered to my 23" ACD at my desk but normally leave the lid open so I can use the MBA screen as a desktop extension
  9. n0de macrumors 6502

    Feb 3, 2005
    I can confirm that closing the lid, with an external display attached, does work fine.

    Like the previous poster mentioned, it will go to sleep for a little bit then wake up with mouse movement.
  10. Wingnut330 macrumors 6502a

    Jan 16, 2008
    Central Ohio - USA
    I didn't think the MBA supported a 23" ACD. Are you having any issues with your setup?
  11. MobiusStrip macrumors regular

    Dec 11, 2009

    I have a MacBook Pro about six months old, and it goes into sleep mode when you close the lid with an external monitor and power supply hooked up. Useless.

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