Can I sleep just one monitor?

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by McGilli, May 20, 2012.

  1. McGilli macrumors 6502

    Nov 11, 2008

    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?
  2. zachnelson macrumors 6502a

    Oct 23, 2010
    Don't they have power switches... ?
  3. Lance-AR macrumors 6502

    May 7, 2012
    Little Rock, AR
    Actually I'm not sure that they do. I too have been wondering about this.
  4. TurretOperetta macrumors newbie

    Apr 29, 2012
    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.
  5. zachnelson macrumors 6502a

    Oct 23, 2010
  6. McGilli thread starter macrumors 6502

    Nov 11, 2008
    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....
  7. JohnRocks macrumors member

    Dec 2, 2010
    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.
  8. theSeb macrumors 604


    Aug 10, 2010
    Poole, England
    I don't believe that there is a KVM switch that works with the Thunderbolt displays.
  9. McGilli, May 22, 2012
    Last edited: May 22, 2012

    McGilli thread starter macrumors 6502

    Nov 11, 2008
    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

    Attached Files:

  10. Comeagain? macrumors 68020


    Feb 17, 2011
    Spokane, WA
    Control + Option + Command +8 does the same natively.
  11. McGilli thread starter macrumors 6502

    Nov 11, 2008
    You rock, thank you.....

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