How to close MBP without sending it to sleep?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by YoYoMa, Feb 26, 2008.

  1. YoYoMa macrumors 6502

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    Hey, this is my first Apple laptop and I'd like to be able to use it like my previous desktop with my external monitor. Is there a way to close the laptop without sending the computer to sleep? I don't want to have to keep the laptop open all day though as it will shorten the life of the screen. Thanks a lot.
     
  2. gr8tfly macrumors 603

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    Put it to sleep. Plug in monitor. Wake with external mouse/keyboard (BT or wired). It has to be connected to a/c, too.

    When you want to go portable again, put it to sleep, then disconnect the keyboard/mouse (if wired), then monitor. It will wake and switch back to the internal display.

    I'm using my MBP in that mode as I type, with BT mouse/keyboard & 20" ACD.
     
  3. YoYoMa thread starter macrumors 6502

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  4. ruku macrumors member

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    parts in bold are unneccesary. do not put it to sleep just open your laptop and leave any usb devices plugged in. next go to display preferences which i always have in the top menu bar and go to "detect displays" takes about 6 seconds and your good.
     
  5. gr8tfly macrumors 603

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    The MBP is closed, when connected to the external monitor. Why open it if you're going to be taking it somewhere? Many more steps than necessary: open, detect displays, then close - as opposed to just "put to sleep".

    But, I'll agree, the order probably doesn't matter. Just habit, I guess. That, and I don't want it wake momentarily closed, then wait for it to figure it out and go back to sleep. Guess if it wakes while still connected to the monitor, I get a warm-fuzzy as to what's going on. (some peripherals can wake when connecting or disconnecting).
     
  6. ShiggyMiyamoto macrumors 6502a

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    An alternative to all that would be a program called InsomniaX. It alters the Energy Saver settings and doesn't allow the computer to go to sleep when closed. But then again, I can see why you everyone recommended their methods.
     

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