Can you close laptop lids in Leopard w/o automatic sleep mode being turned on?

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  1. duelingdragons macrumors 65816

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    I use my MacBook a lot for downloading disk images of files I need for work from our servers, but I like to do it overnight as not to whore my bandwidth when I'm online.
    Is there a way to close the lid of my machine and at the same time let the system continue running?

    thanks!
     
  2. zakatov macrumors 6502a

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  3. duelingdragons thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Oh, forgive me, its not like I thought perhaps with an entirely new operating system, they may have included something in Power options to allow you to leave the machine running while the lid is closed.

    How utterly STUPID of me.
     
  4. ensjesse macrumors newbie

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    This is a very good question. I like to be able to have downloads and such working in the background while carrying around my MacBook. I know you can set the sleep time in the power options to never, however this does not have anything to do with sleep on lid close.

    How do you stop this?

    Jesse
     
  5. siurpeeman macrumors 603

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    there is insomniax, which isn't fully supported yet in leopard, but it's coming.
     
  6. ensjesse macrumors newbie

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    Thanks for the info!

    Jesse
     
  7. Daremo macrumors 68000

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    Wow. What a helpful answer. :rolleyes:
     
  8. Dingo Dave 69 macrumors regular

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    I am quite new to macs but what happens if i just close the lid, does it put the macbook to sleep? I always thought it was better to put it into sleep mode then close the lid?
     
  9. duelingdragons thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Ya, closing the lid puts the machine to sleep. =(
     
  10. ecks618 macrumors 6502

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    My solution always was to put a pen in the edge of the keyboard and close the lid, the screen goes to sleep, but the hard drive stays running, works great and doesnt cause any heat issues.
     
  11. ensjesse macrumors newbie

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    Thats a pretty brave move!

    I myself prefer a soft solution. But this is a great way to do it in a pinch...

    Thanks for this ecks!
     
  12. motulist macrumors 68040

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    I just turn the screen brightness down to zero using the keyboard buttons.
     
  13. richard.mac macrumors 603

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    in addition to this what i do is set my power adapter settings in energy saver to never sleep the computer and put the display to sleep after 15 min. just adjust your brightness down to zero and its perfect for downloading overnight. just leave the screen open! why do you need to close it? makes no difference.
     
  14. koobcamuk macrumors 68040

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    I don't think it's advised. I don't miss it either... I used to think I did, but I don't.

    Having downloads going whilst carrying it around? How do you mean?

    If you put it into a bag - there are going to be some real heat issues.
     
  15. ensjesse macrumors newbie

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    True, there will be heat issues in a bag. I carry it from office to office, so it is safer to carry with the lid closed and it gets good ventilation in the open.

    Jesse
     
  16. bigandy macrumors G3

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    If you have a keyboard, mouse and external monitor connected it's fine, you can close the MB/P and it'll continue to function fine.

    However, as previous posts have mentioned, there will be heat issues, even when it's just 'on', and almost nothing else.

    The reason it's not offered as an option is because a certain amount of cooling is done through gaps in the keyboard and top case, unlike the fan-vent-ridden PC laptops available.
     
  17. LoneWolf121188 macrumors 6502a

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    I haven't actually tried this personally, but I hear it works:

    Plug in an external device (mouse, keyboard, HDD, whatever).
    Close the lid.
    Unplug the device.

    The laptop should turn on and stay on.
     

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