How to stop MBP 2011 from going to sleep when i close lid?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by AcoTimarac, Apr 7, 2011.

  1. AcoTimarac macrumors newbie

    Apr 1, 2011
    I've seen how to do it around here somewhere but i can't find it currently. Anyone know?
  2. b33eazy macrumors member

    Jul 7, 2009
    Is there an easier way to do this for my 13 inch Macbook Pro 2011 model?
  3. boshii macrumors 68040


    Jul 6, 2008
    Atlanta, GA
    InsomniaX will not work on the 2011 models. InsomniaT works but is annoying because you have to go into system preferences to turn it on/off. InsomniaX had better usability.
  4. scrapple macrumors regular


    Sep 23, 2004
    this seems to work as well..

    apple needs to add this functionality... its pretty dumb of them not to have it, especially if you have air video on your ipad and you just want to stream from your laptop.... you have to keep it open.. duh
  5. iVeBeenDrinkin' macrumors 65816


    Oct 17, 2008
    Running 10.6.7 ad insomniaX works great for me.
  6. mackage macrumors 6502

    Apr 6, 2011
    Maybe I am missing something, but why would you not want the laptop to sleep when you close the lid?
  7. iVeBeenDrinkin' macrumors 65816


    Oct 17, 2008
  8. Creditcard macrumors member

    Oct 6, 2008
    The keyboard is the air intake of the mbp. Closing the lid while using the computer causes it to overheat!:eek:
  9. iVeBeenDrinkin' macrumors 65816


    Oct 17, 2008
  10. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere


    May 16, 2008
    This is false. The intake and exhaust vents are located at the rear of all Apple notebooks, near the hinge. There is a solid sheet under the keyboard, preventing airflow. Apple wouldn't give instructions on how to use the computer in clamshell mode if it was likely to cause problems.

    Apple Portables: How to use your computer in closed clamshell (display closed) mode with an external display
  11. NZed, Apr 10, 2011
    Last edited: Apr 10, 2011

    NZed macrumors 65816


    Jan 24, 2011
    Canada, Eh?
    i lol at that!!! Theres a vent in the back of the MBP between the body and the screen, thats where air goes in - and air comes out.

    Oh and i use a Moshi Clear Guard for my 13" MBP... and without it, i notice no temperature difference(average).
  12. johnnyturbouk macrumors 68000


    Feb 9, 2011
    on the yellow [oled] brick road to tech nirvana.
    same here - no overheating
  13. scrapple macrumors regular


    Sep 23, 2004
    air video for ipad.... its the best app for the ipad if you like to watch videos..
    no reason to put any movies on your ipad... just get a 16gb and your good to go...
    all the movies stream from your laptop to your ipad via wifi.... so closing the lid would be nice...

    also, someone about to give a presentation in another room... .he has to walk with his macbook open...
  14. bensnowden macrumors newbie


    Dec 2, 2010
    Mroogled this and this is a great little extension :)
  15. mizzoucat macrumors regular

    Mar 8, 2005
    I tried InsomniaT but it mucked up my system (fans went crazy, constant lock ups) so I tried SleepLess ( and it's much, much better. It is shareware so if it works for you, consider contributing $9.50 to the developers.
  16. gnasher729 macrumors P6


    Nov 25, 2005
    I find this very unlikely, since all the MacBooks are designed to run with the lid closed. Attach a USB keyboard and mouse, external monitor, hit any key on the external keyboard to wake it up, and the MacBook or MBP will run with lid closed. It's designed to do that.
  17. hogsrul macrumors member

    Feb 27, 2011
    Just close the lid and wake the computer up with the wireless mouse or keyboard. If you don't have a wireless mouse or keyboard, then go get one. It works great!
  18. jeffnebraska macrumors member

    Apr 22, 2010
    This seems to have solved my problems. Thanks.
  19. Wanderer509 macrumors member

    Oct 28, 2007
    the only exception to that is if your mbp is not plugged in, external keyboard wont wake it up. i believe apple designed it such that u cannot only use external display while on battery power. maybe using these handy softwares will change it?
  20. iMackPro macrumors 6502

    Mar 31, 2011
    do you have the trackpad and keyboard (bluetooth)

    if you do set it up under system prefs and have them wake your computer while they are asleep. then close your lid turn your tv on plug your cord in and then use your devices.

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