Listen to music with screen shut?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by jrmac22, Oct 11, 2007.

  1. jrmac22 macrumors newbie

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    While at work I listen to itunes music with external speakers pluged into the earphone jack. I want to close the screen to keep dust out but when I do the computer goes to sleep and the music stops. Is it possible to set my macbook pro to stay awake with the screen closed?
     
  2. italiano40 macrumors 65816

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  3. TheStu macrumors 65816

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    Or, I am fairly certain that you can cloe the lid, and then press play on the remote and it will start playing again. Though that might only work if you have it hooked up to an external monitor, so in that case... InsomniaX
     
  4. QuarterSwede macrumors G3

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    You have to plug in a USB keyboard or an external monitor to wake the Mac with the lid closed.
     
  5. Anonymous Freak macrumors 601

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    In order to run in lid-closed mode, three things are required:

    1. External power. It will *NOT* run in lid-closed mode off battery.

    2. External display. You MUST have an external display plugged in, even if just the DVI-to-Video adaptor. (The DVI-to-VGA won't cut it, with that adaptor, you have to have a VGA monitor plugged in.)

    3. External input device. It does *NOT* have to be USB! The IR remote works just fine, as do a Bluetooth keyboard and mouse. (Those are all I ever use in lid-closed mode.)
     
  6. TheStu macrumors 65816

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    So, on my MacBook, I have the power hooked up, the MiniDVI - Video (or DVI?) adapter, and the remote, and I will be golden?
     
  7. Anonymous Freak macrumors 601

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    Yup, power, MiniDVI->Video, and the remote should work. Basically, it just needs wall power, and to *THINK* it has an external display.
     
  8. yetieater macrumors regular

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    Why not just avoid all of the loopholes and use InsomniaX as was suggested earlier? You can play back your music with the lid closed regardless of whether or not you have an external display connected, are connected to a power source, etc.
     
  9. psychofreak Retired

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    Yes, but remember to keep it on a hard surface (like a table etc.), otherwise the fans can be dreadful...
     
  10. jwpastor macrumors newbie

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    Closing Lid

    ATTENTION! Using your Mac with closed lid can lead to serious system heat problems!
     
  11. R3alsp33dy0ne macrumors newbie

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    I thought this had been addressed in recent (2010/2011) models.
     
  12. jwpastor macrumors newbie

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    ALXsoftware still shows this warning, even with their latest "Sleepless" app that is Lion compatible. So They apparently think it may still be an issue.
    I'm thinking that if Apple really solved this possibility then they would have allowed us to change the setting in System Pref's.

    Just my take.

    http://www.alxsoft.com/mac/sleepless.html
     
  13. FuNGi macrumors 65816

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    Heat problems are not an issue in clam-shell modes as long as you don't block the vents. I'm not sure if InsomniaX creates unique problems but Apple certainly condones clam-shell mode usage and you needn't worry. Almost everyone with an ACD uses their macs in such a manner.
     
  14. snaky69 macrumors 603

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    You sir, are talking out of your buttocks. To the poster that said this was addressed in the newer models, here's some news: there never was a problem in the first place, there is nothing to address.

    It's called clamshell mode by Apple and is fully documented and supported by Apple, and will not cause any damage whatsoever.

    Get informed.
     
  15. macthegoaliedud macrumors newbie

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    Application to prevent macbook from sleeping while closed

    HERE IS THE ANSWER TO YOUR PROBLEMS (at least is was for me xD)! You should download sleepless, which is an application which runs in the menu bar. It pretty much makes your macbook not sleep when you close it, so everything still functions, you just can't press the keys.

    Download it here: http://www.macupdate.com/app/mac/10564/sleepless

    Hope this helps :)
     

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