Downloading with the lid closed

jkramb

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I'm currently studying abroad in Austria and the only place I have access to hi speed wi-fi is when I'm at school. Is there anyway for me to set my computer so it will download my itunes purchases with the lid closed so i can just leave it in my bag and have it download? I can't really have it out and open in class.
 

e12a

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definitely no. It will burn up and most likely shut itself down.
 

Eddyisgreat

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DO NOT do this.

The system will shut down when the chipset reaches 100+ however many degrees but that probably won't happen until your external case gets warped
 

richard.mac

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i dont see why people want to do this. the MacBook will get hotter. just set the Mac to never sleep and the display to sleep after a number of minutes in Energy Saver preferences.
 

nephilim7

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I'm currently studying abroad in Austria and the only place I have access to hi speed wi-fi is when I'm at school. Is there anyway for me to set my computer so it will download my itunes purchases with the lid closed so i can just leave it in my bag and have it download? I can't really have it out and open in class.
yes this is fine, just make sure that the back vent area is open and not blocked.

the mbp is meant to run in clamshell under full load. the only area that needs air is the back vent, if you block this, bad things will happen.
 

e12a

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well i'm not saying literally. but reaching critical shut down temperatures isn't good for long term life of the CPU, or GPU for that matter. :rolleyes:

just have it out on the table, closed but running. If you leave it in the bag you will heat it up enough so you'll have a screaming banshee in a bag. even closed on the counter will not guarantee silent running. A few times i've done it and woke up to a hot computer even though it was "idle"

in the first generation of the MBP where they mysteriously turned on in people's bags, it was still running despite reaching burning hot temperatures (even in a closed bag). Dont rely on a temperature activated shutdown.
 

alphaod

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I'm currently studying abroad in Austria and the only place I have access to hi speed wi-fi is when I'm at school. Is there anyway for me to set my computer so it will download my itunes purchases with the lid closed so i can just leave it in my bag and have it download? I can't really have it out and open in class.
Why can't you have your computer out during class? :confused: