Close lid without it going to sleep (for external monitor)

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by maximus06, Nov 21, 2007.

  1. maximus06 macrumors regular

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    Is this possible? I dont like having my macbook lid up/on while I use my external Dell 19".
     
  2. EricNau Moderator emeritus

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    Yes, you can operate your MacBook in "clamshell" mode if it's attached to an external monitor.

    Is it automatically going to sleep, even when attached to the external monitor?
     
  3. maximus06 thread starter macrumors regular

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    Well, I close the lid and it goes to sleep :-(

    EDIT: Figured it out. Simply close the lid, let it go to sleep, then plug in the external monitor cable :)
     
  4. Steve686 macrumors 68030

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    Leave the monitor plugged into your Macbook. Close the lid. Wait for sleep mode. Push a button on the mouse to wake the computer while the monitor is plugged in and the Macbook lid is closed. This will direct the video to your external.

    The reason I like doing it this way is I am a little skittish about plugging anything except USB or sound into my Macbook while it's powered up.
     
  5. 2FAST4U macrumors newbie

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    doesnt the macbook vent though the keyboard? I wouldn't close it if i were you, rumors have it, it can burn you macbook up :eek:
     
  6. Steve686 macrumors 68030

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    No. It vents through...the vents.

    It may dissipate a little heat through the keyboard, but the design is to vent heat from the rear.

    I never run CPU above 130-140 with lid closed in a 70 degree F room.

    It's safe to do so. Do so.
     

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