Can I sleep just one monitor?

McGilli

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Nov 11, 2008
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Hey!

I have 2 Apple TB monitors hooked up to my Mini, so one monitor is daisy chained to the other.

Sometimes at night, like right now, having both monitors on is just too much.

If I just wanna check email and surf, I don't need both monitors on.

Is there an easy way to just sleep one of the monitors?
 

zachnelson

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Oct 23, 2010
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Hey!

I have 2 Apple TB monitors hooked up to my Mini, so one monitor is daisy chained to the other.

Sometimes at night, like right now, having both monitors on is just too much.

If I just wanna check email and surf, I don't need both monitors on.

Is there an easy way to just sleep one of the monitors?
Don't they have power switches... ?
 

TurretOperetta

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Apr 29, 2012
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If they don't have a power button, can't you just reach behind the second one and unplug the thunderbolt cable? It's not an ideal solution but it accomplishes what you want.

To specifically answer your program, there isn't a way to sleep just one monitor through software. Only "hardware" solutions like the ones that have been given.
 

McGilli

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Nov 11, 2008
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Nope they DO NOT have power buttons. Completely controlled by the Mac.

Hmmmm ok. I had been hoping there was a software shortcut, or keyboard shortcut to just kill the second monitor...

But, pulling the TB cable does work....
 

JohnRocks

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I think hook your monitor up via a KVM switch and simply switch the video input to an inactive input. KVM switches tend to be designed for higher cycles than power switches, and if needed, you could always replace the switch assembly with one you know is rated for millions of cycles.
 

theSeb

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I think hook your monitor up via a KVM switch and simply switch the video input to an inactive input. KVM switches tend to be designed for higher cycles than power switches, and if needed, you could always replace the switch assembly with one you know is rated for millions of cycles.
I don't believe that there is a KVM switch that works with the Thunderbolt displays.
 

McGilli

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Nov 11, 2008
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Well, the reason for wanting to shut down a monitor was that in the dark at night - it was just so bright.

So I just installed Nocturne and it works perfect. Inverts the monitor right from the task bar so I can leave my email open on it - and it is all black with white text. So much easier on the eyes now for surfing and email in the dark...


Before and After
 

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Comeagain?

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Well, the reason for wanting to shut down a monitor was that in the dark at night - it was just so bright.

So I just installed Nocturne and it works perfect. Inverts the monitor right from the task bar so I can leave my email open on it - and it is all black with white text. So much easier on the eyes now for surfing and email in the dark...


Before and After
Control + Option + Command +8 does the same natively.
 

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