Lid closed/clamshell & bluetooth

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  1. jimN macrumors 6502a

    jimN

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    #1
    Hi,
    I want to use my LCD tv as a monitor and run my powerbook with the lid closed. The instructions explain how to do this with USB devices but i would like to know if it'll work with a bluetooth keyboard and mouse. I have yet to buy the keyboard and it would be conditional on this

    All input welcome. Thanks
     
  2. eyebeaz macrumors 6502

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    Yes it should work. I have a bluetooth mouse and keyboard, and run my Macbook in clamshell mode, with an external display. The powerbook doesn't have the same overheating issues as the iBooks correct?
     
  3. mkrishnan Moderator emeritus

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    I think you must set this one preference and then you're fine:

    Sys Prefs -> Bluetooth -> Allow Bluetooth Devices to Wake This Computer.
     
  4. jimN thread starter macrumors 6502a

    jimN

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    Thanks to the two of you. I might pick up a bluetooth keybaord tomorrow.

    Was pretty impressed with the output on my samsung, and the fact that like so many things apple - it just worked!
     
  5. Anonymous Freak macrumors 601

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    I've used this functionality successfully since the original Bluetooth-equipped 12" PowerBook G4 came out. And on my MacBook Pro. Works perfectly. (On MacBooks and MacBook Pros, it also works with just the Apple Remote. I use my MacBook Pro plugged in to my TV and the Apple Remote all the time to use Front Row.)
     
  6. jimN thread starter macrumors 6502a

    jimN

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    That's really re-assuring. Have wanted an excuse to buy a new apple product for a while. This'll do til christmas when the iphone reaches our shores.

    Thanks
     
  7. semaja2 macrumors 6502a

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    You can use InsomniaX/Sleepless to enable clamshell mode with out actually using external devices if anyone cares :p
     
  8. StephenF83 macrumors newbie

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    Hi,
    I have a new MacBook a MiniDVI to DVI, connected to a DVI to HDMI, to a Samsung LCD 46" display, I want to run clamshell but when i have everything set up i close my MacBook and the screen flashes off, then it flashes back on, with the resolution slightly altered and look like its going to work, then it turns off, if i move my bluetooth mouse or touch my keyboard it comes back on and then repeats. any ideas?
     
  9. Anonymous Freak macrumors 601

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    First, have all cables disconnected.

    Second, shut the lid. (So it goes to sleep.)

    Third, plug in the cables (power, display.)

    Fourth, click the mouse or press a keyboard button; the computer wakes up, and will display only to the external display. (It may take a few seconds for it to figure out where it should be displaying, give it a moment.)
     

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