Is there a way to power on a MBP from an external USB Apple keyboard?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by Siriosys, Jul 6, 2010.

  1. Siriosys macrumors regular


    Dec 24, 2007
    New Zealand
    Hi folks,

    I got home tonight, placed my MBP on my BookArc after plugging in the Display port adapter, USB, Firewire and Magsafe to then realise that I couldn't turn on my MBP without taking it off the cradle, opening it and pressing the on button!

    "This can't be right" was what went through my mind..............but is it?

    There surely must be a way to turn on a MBP when it is attached to an Apple Cinema display and a USB Apple Keyboard while in the closed clamshell state. Is there? Surely there's a key-combination.

    It's really annoying me now!! ideas?...........apart from the obious "don't be such a lazy bugger and just open the MBP!"
  2. spinnerlys Guest


    Sep 7, 2008
    forlod bygningen
    Why don't you use the SLEEP mode instead of powering it down?
    That way, you can wake the Mac with the press of a key.

    Maybe MRoogle has some more information about powering a Mac via a USB keyboard, but as far as I remember, it can't be done with current machines, as the machine, thus the USB port, thus the keyboard, is powered off and can't recognise any input.
  3. maflynn Moderator


    Staff Member

    May 3, 2009
    Nope, your only option is to put it to sleep. There is no option to turn it on by the keyboard or monitor.

    Back in the day when apple used proprietary interfaces - adb. The keyboards has a power button. The displays did at one point as well. Not now alas.
  4. Siriosys thread starter macrumors regular


    Dec 24, 2007
    New Zealand
    In the famous phrase from a Toyota TV commercial "Bugger!"

    I usually do just put my MBP to sleep, but today I'd powered it down. No worries, now I know I'll keep doing the "Sleep" thing instead.

    Cheers and thanks for the rapid responses:D
  5. Tysl332 macrumors newbie

    Jun 5, 2016
    you could either put it to sleep or take the battery out power it on over an ext display and turn on the "startup automatically after power failure" option within the energy save of system prefs just unplug the power strip or get a UPC with a power switch on it
  6. campyguy macrumors 68040

    Mar 21, 2014
    Portland / Seattle
    You could also offer that they should have figured this out in the past 6 years since the last post?

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