keeping alum macbook screen shut with monitor

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  1. ohhs macrumors newbie

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    I noticed the fans are right next to the hinge on the aluminum macbooks and it looks like the airflow is blocked if its shut. Right now i have a monitor hooked up, is it fine leaving my screen shut while using another keyboard without warping my screen or overheating my computer?
     
  2. NewMacbookPlz, Jan 22, 2009
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    For day-to-day work type use, it'll be fine. If you're gaming, it may get a little toasty. There's space between the hinge and the fan slots; in fact, the hinge still blocks the ports a fair bit when the screen is open as well
     
  3. dvdhsu macrumors 6502a

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    Yes.
    If you're using processor-intensive apps, its not a good idea.
    Otherwise, you should be fine.
    You should also use iStat to keep a tab on the temperatures.
     
  4. ohhs thread starter macrumors newbie

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    thanks i just got iStat do you guys have any idea what temps are safe to keep my screen shut?
     
  5. NewMacbookPlz, Jan 22, 2009
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    On my 2.0 Unibody, the fans hold at 2000rpm till the CPU reaches 80C or so. My rule, is that if its too hot to handle (physically), it needs a break.
     
  6. ohhs thread starter macrumors newbie

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    the only reason to leave the lid shut is that i want the screen to be off except for my monitor, is there any way to just have the monitor on without the screen on and the lid open?
     
  7. WPB2, Jan 22, 2009
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    Press F1 16 times to turn the MBP display all the way dark. Thats the way I use it with my external monitor.
     
  8. Nero9171 macrumors member

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    smcFanControl is your Macbooks best friend :)


    Whenever I run my Macbook closed, I set the fans to about 5k
     

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