Downloading large files, should I leave my MBP awake?

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  1. PhaserFuzz macrumors 6502

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    I'm currently downloading a large 3 gig file, and I'm wondering what I should do with my MBP. Is there a way to turn the display off, but keep computer on? Would this be the best method to use? I plan on having it download overnight.

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  2. steinlager macrumors regular

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    You could turn down your screen brightness to minimum and set a schedule for shutdown under Energy Saver -> Schedule. Or you can set up a hotspot for display sleep under the Expose menu.
     
  3. SoLibertyDies macrumors regular

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    yeah just turn down the display brightness, computers are meant to be left on for extended periods of time so dont' worry about her just overnight. :)
     
  4. matperk macrumors 6502

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    Wirelessly posted (Treo 700wx - Alltel: Mozilla/4.0 (compatible; MSIE 4.01; Windows CE; PPC; 240x320))

    agreed. there is no problem leaving your machine up and running. Mine has been rendering videos (100%) usage for about 72 hours and still going...
     
  5. FadeToBlack macrumors 68000

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    You can also sleep the display by hitting control+shift+eject. That's what I do on my iMac if I need to leave it running overnight.
     
  6. Deadaim357 macrumors member

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    I never knew that. Thanks for the tip man.
     
  7. UltraNEO* macrumors 601

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    mines been on since xmas..
    i've restarted a few times due to updates..
    the LED backlight will out-live the life of the TFT anyway,
    but remember, even with the brightness down to min, the screan will remain on...
    you can see this if you shine a light on the dimmed display.

    display sleep is definitely life saving...
     
  8. FadeToBlack macrumors 68000

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    Glad to help! :)
     
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    Double thanks! I've been looking for that one for a while! :)


    Too the OP, you can also reduce the processor performance in the "Energy Saver" control panel, to reduce heat.
     
  10. benlangdon macrumors 65832

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    that doesn't work on my mbp
    it turns it off but as soon as i release ctrl+shift it turns back on.
    would be nice because i leave mine on a lot, i just usually turn the display sleep for 5min or something
     
  11. UltraNEO* macrumors 601

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    Try doing it, so the eject key is the last key to be released. ;)
     
  12. benlangdon macrumors 65832

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    nope nadda
    only works if i release the ejt while holding shift crl

    tried letting it off last and a bunch of other methods, nada still keeps popping up
     
  13. PkennethV macrumors 6502a

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    meh, one night is nothing. Don't even worry about it.
     
  14. EMAGDNIM macrumors member

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    Hey, I didn't know about this. Thanks for posting this up!:D
     
  15. matperk macrumors 6502

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    If I'm not mistaken, on my MBP that puts the system to sleep, not just the display. I can't really try it now, but I've done it before.
     
  16. benlangdon macrumors 65832

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    i did it while doing stuff and it didn't do anything so your free to try
    and if you figure it out on a mbp
    thanks
     
  17. PkennethV macrumors 6502a

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    Funnily enough, I've just tried it and nothing happened:confused:
     
  18. tstreet macrumors newbie

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    Did not know

    Thanks for the tip, never knew that. Works great on my new MBP.
     
  19. FadeToBlack macrumors 68000

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    The shortcut for full system sleep is command+option+eject.

    I'd been looking for a way to force the display to sleep for a long time and somehow ran across that keyboard shortcut a while back. I can't remember where I found it, but I was so happy when I did.

    Glad I could be of help to you guys. That's what I love about MR. :)
     
  20. benlangdon macrumors 65832

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    what keys do you press in order?

    what order, as i found it only works if eject is pressed last
     
  21. FadeToBlack macrumors 68000

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    I hit control, then shift, then eject. Not all at once. Works every time. :)
     

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