how to close the lid but not put to sleep

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by tycheong, Dec 13, 2008.

  1. tycheong macrumors member

    Jul 31, 2008
    exactly what the title says...

    i dont use a mouse or anything
    but when i move around such as to the next building
    i'd like a way to just close the lid and not make it sleep

    anyone know a way to do this?
  2. toolbox macrumors 68020


    Oct 6, 2007
    Australia (WA)
    OMG nice thanks for the link. Been looking for something like this.

  3. Cameront9 macrumors 6502a


    Aug 6, 2006
    That's a Bad bad BAD idea. You should NOT be moving the computer like that. When you sleep, the Hard Drive heads are parked. But if you just close the lid and keep the machine awake, they are still operating and this makes the Hard Disk very susceptive to damage. Walking down the hallway would probably be okay, but I would be extremely wary of putting in a bag and taking it to the next building.

    What's the issue with sleep? It's near-instant, so I don't see why you wouldn't want to use it.
  4. ChrisBrightwell macrumors 68020


    Apr 5, 2004
    Huntsville, AL
    This is exactly what the Sudden Motion Sensor in the MBP is designed to stop.
  5. bki122689 macrumors 6502


    Sep 18, 2008
    dude its a laptop, its designed to be moved around
  6. tdhurst macrumors 601


    Dec 27, 2003
    Phoenix, AZ
    Not when it's operating.

    Sleep takes seconds to wake up from...why WOULDN'T you want to close it and have it go to sleep?
  7. QuarterSwede macrumors G3


    Oct 1, 2005
    Colorado Springs, CO
    It's designed to stop damage from occurring during sudden drops. I'm not so sure that it'll stop the platters from getting scratched from walking, especially if the laptop is vertical. In any case, I'd be very careful if you are to do this.

    One example I can think of is that he could want to continue encoding video while taking it from one place to another. Just because you can't think of a good reason doesn't mean that one doesn't exist.
  8. tycheong thread starter macrumors member

    Jul 31, 2008

    ima give InsomniaX a try

    and yes i'd like a way to keep it closed but keep it working as i encode video and also to leave downloads active as well as other internet software that refreshes constantly

    i understand some dangers of doing this especially when moving around
    but i take good care of my mbp :)

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