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Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by atthecross, Dec 1, 2007.
Is there a way to run an external monitor with the lid closed on the macbook?
Yes. Attach a USB keyboard or mouse and hit a key, or mouse button to wake up the laptop. It will only be using the external screen.
Yes, it's known as clamshell mode. Are you having problems, or is this just a curiosity question?
didn't try hitting a key, just noticed that when I closed the lid it turned off the monitor. Will have to try it when I get back to work
opps, and THANKS for the quick reply
Does it damage the MBP to use it with the lid closed for extended periods of time?
Nope it's perfectly safe. I used to do it all the time.
Thanks. I was concerned about heat (or whatever).
If it did, I doubt they'd list it as a feature, do you?
"Hey guys... try this out... but not too much, you could like, mess stuff up". lol
Ahhhhh.... never takes more than two posts on a Mac board to get a sarcastic reply to an innocent question.
That's some thin skin you got there. It was rhetorical rather than sarcastic
on this topic, is there any way to use the osx brightness controls on my keyboard on my external (non ACD) display?
The brightness settings are managed by the monitor rather than through the Mac, there's no connection between the keyboard and an external display
oh... i thought the brightness controls were through OSX.
I do this too, "Close lid, wake from sleep." its a nice easy method, always wondered if it had any after effects, guess not, thanks for bringin this up!
Only on the Mac itself. On an external display, there's simply no way for the Mac to "tell" the display how bright to be, that's why Cinema Displays need their own brightness adjustment buttons, and external displays have their own built-in menus