How do you have your MB's lid shut but your computer still on?

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  1. anti-microsoft macrumors 68000

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    I want to connect an external display to my MacBook, but I wan't to close the lid. Every time I shut the lid it goes to sleep and I wan't it funcioning all the time. How do I do this?
     
  2. bartelby macrumors Core

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    I think you need a keyboard and mouse plugged in too.
     
  3. wwooden macrumors 68000

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    Or if you have a Bluetooth Keyboard and Mouse, make sure in the system prefs that you have enabled "Wake from bluetooth device" or something like that.
     
  4. anti-microsoft thread starter macrumors 68000

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  5. zyuzin4 macrumors 6502

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    also you can click the play button on your apple remote
     
  6. Abstract macrumors Penryn

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    If you want to use your MacBook with the lid closed, you'll obviously need to have an external mouse and keyboard to operate it.


    Starting with the lid closed shut, just wiggle your mouse around or press a key on the keyboard to wake up your computer. Despite the lid still being closed, you can still use your laptop that way.

    If you want to use an external mouse, but use your MacBook keyboard, AND have the MacBook LCD turned off while the external LCD is on (why would you need your MacBook screen turned on if you only plan on using the external LCD, right?), then do what I described above, but once the computer is turned on, wait around 5 seconds, then open the lid of your laptop and just start using the keyboard. The MacBook LCD should remain off if you do this.
     
  7. anti-microsoft thread starter macrumors 68000

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    Thanks!
     
  8. hamis92 macrumors 6502

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    Also make sure that the power adapter is connected (MacBook User's Guide, page 67).
     
  9. soho2014 macrumors newbie

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    What's the Advantage of turning off macbook monitor?

    Why do you want to turn off the macbook monitor? Does it improve the appearance on the big screen monitor?
     
  10. Abstract macrumors Penryn

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    Why have the MacBook's LCD turned on if I'm only using my 20" external LCD? I don't plan on using 2 displays simultaneously.

    Besides, the 64 MB of (maximum) RAM allocatable to the GMA 950 integrated graphics would be divided evenly between the 2 monitors (ie: each monitor gets a maximum of 32 MB of RAM). With both monitors on, you may experience some lag when you do fancy things like Exposé, as the monitors may not have the maximum 32 MB of RAM allocated to each one.

    Yes, technically speaking, you need a minimum of around 8-10 MB of memory to operate a 1920 x 1200 monitor (eg: the 30" Apple display), but nobody in their right mind would try to use their monitor with the minimum. Since the maximum RAM available for 2 monitors is 32 MB for each monitor, there's actually a chance that less than 32 MB is being used by any one monitor at any moment in time, which explains the lag you may experience sometimes.
     

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