External screen for macbook question

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  1. APPLEFAN8 macrumors 65816


    Jun 30, 2007
    I have my macbook hooked up to my 40 inch samsung LCD sometimes now how because when I close the laptop the tv screen goes blank but I see people have it hooked up to external monitor with their macbook close and the screen stay lit? Anyone know? Thanks
  2. Eidorian macrumors Penryn


    Mar 23, 2005
    You'll need an external mouse and keyboard for clamshell mode.

    Else you can wake with an Apple Remote too. Not that you'll be able to do much with the computer.
  3. RMo macrumors 65816


    Aug 7, 2007
    Iowa, USA
    Actually, using an Apple Remote will not work--it will wake the computer, but the computer will realize it's closed and without an external keyboard or mouse, and so it will go to sleep. Not that it matters, since, as you said, you wouldn't be able to do much anyway. :D (Except control Front Row, which I suppose would actually be useful even if you didn't have an external keyboard/mouse...)

    Anyway, as others have stated, the best solution is to get an external keyboard and/or mouse--either USB or Bluetooth (you'll have to enable waking from Bluetooth in System Preferences in this case) will work.
  4. marty131 macrumors newbie

    Mar 18, 2009
    Adelaide, Australia
    Just for reference, and in case people missed it,

    You need external power for clamshell mode. Otherwise it will go to sleep.

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