External Monitor (Why no automatic switch?)

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by MBX, Jun 9, 2009.

  1. MBX macrumors 65816

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    Here we are in 2009 after many many years of glorious PowerBooks, MacBook's/ Pro's and it still doesn't shut down the laptop screen automaticly when you plug in the external monitor.

    Seriously Apple, even Windows can do it. So why do i need to close the laptop lid every time hook up to the monitor?
     
  2. tekmoe macrumors 68000

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    This also bugs the heck out of me. I use an external monitor with my MBP and I hate having to put it to sleep first before being able to use the external monitor without having the notebook screen turned on.
     
  3. zyoung86 macrumors newbie

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    I stumbled on this thread while searching for an answer to the same question. It's 2010 now, does anyone know if there's a way to make your macbook automatically shut off its screen when you attach an external monitor? This seems like an obvious feature to have.
     
  4. mulo macrumors 68020

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    why do you want it?
    whats the point of an extra screen if you just gonna be using one anyway?
     
  5. leighonigar macrumors 6502a

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    This is kind of interesting. So many people get confused with the FN-fsomething display toggle on wintels that I can understand why Apple have done it differently. They never did like options.
     
  6. bamf macrumors 6502

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    Are you using an external keyboard and mouse as well? If so, then just run in "clamshell" mode.
     
  7. mulo macrumors 68020

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    hahaha that's one way to put it, I prefer to think they choose whats best for the customers.

    has ben stated above, that's what they for some reason don't want to.
     
  8. zyoung86 macrumors newbie

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    The reason I don't want to run in clamshell is that when my laptop lid is closed the wireless connection is significantly weaker.

    It's a pain having to shut the screen, then wait, then wake the system up every time. Is there a way to tell the laptop to turn of the built in screen as soon as an external monitor is attached?
     

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