External Displays Question

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by Watabou, Mar 21, 2008.

  1. Watabou macrumors 68040

    Watabou

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    Hi,

    Just had a quick question.

    Can I output to a external display when I keep my macbook pro closed? I have to actually keep it on to display it externally to my Dell monitor. I set it to mirror my Macbook pro. Is that have something to do with it?

    Thanks for answering. :apple:
     
  2. 4now macrumors regular

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    #2
    Try deselecting the mirror setting

    Make the Dell the primary monitor
    select displays/arrangement
    then slide the white menu-bar graphic to the image representing the Dell

    I know that will work - and you can then close the MBP.

    Not to worry - when you disconnect the Dell Monitor everything will collect onto the MBP
     
  3. Chundles macrumors G4

    Chundles

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    Yes, you can run the MBP in "closed-lid" mode. You need a keyboard and mouse attached.

    Have the display plugged in (doesn't matter if it's mirrored or extended desktop mode) and then close the lid to sleep the computer.

    Use the keyboard/mouse to wake the machine and your machine will dedicate all it's VRAM to the external screen.

    If you're using a bluetooth keyboad/mouse, make sure you set it to allow bluetooth devices to wake the computer - it's in System Preferences.
     
  4. Watabou thread starter macrumors 68040

    Watabou

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