Is it safe to close the MBP lid while Windows is running?

Discussion in 'Windows, Linux & Others on the Mac' started by Earthling84, Jun 29, 2009.

  1. Earthling84 macrumors newbie

    Jun 11, 2009
    I'm talking about if you have Windows set to do nothing and keep running if you shut the lid, useful for downloading large files overnight or something without letting the screen and keyboard get dusty.

    I've noticed that closing a MBP blocks over half of the ventilation space in the back, so of course it's going to get hotter than normal, and the screen is about 1mm away from the hot aluminum when it's closed, so I'm concerned about the heat damaging the screen. Does anyone have any experience or insight related to this? Thanks
  2. LtRammstein macrumors 6502a


    Jun 20, 2006
    Denver, CO
    It's never a good idea to decrease the cooling flow of a computer.

    I recommend just turning off the screen and leave it wide open on a tough flat surface. If you want, put a fan to it.
  3. rgarjr macrumors 603


    Apr 2, 2009
    Southern California
    It all depends if you're in a room with A/C in there.
  4. AVR2 macrumors 6502

    Jan 16, 2006
    Apple provides official instructions for operating its laptops (iBooks excepted) with the screen closed, so the hardware must be designed to work like that.

    Having said that, it looks like the computer will sleep unless you connect an external keyboard, mouse and/or monitor, so you may well just have to leave the screen open anyway.

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