Macbook as a DVR/HTPC (wake from sleep w/ closed lid)

Discussion in 'Apple TV and Home Theater' started by celica73, Jun 9, 2009.

  1. celica73 macrumors member

    Jan 12, 2009
    I'm keen to use a new white Macbook as a DVR (seems like the best value in Apple's lineup right now - especially the $750 refurb).

    I would likely use EyeTV software and a HD Homerun tuner.

    My concern is having it wake from sleep to do recordings. Google has yielded little information, and it isn't all consistent. If the lid is open, then it looks like there are no issues (it functions like any desktop machine), but I don't want the lid to be open, I want it shut, and I want it to stay shut most of the time. My TV is the monitor.

    So, no waking with the lid shut means I have to get a Mini (and forgo the back-to-school free iPod touch that makes the Macbook an even better value).

    Is anyone using a closed Macbook as a DVR?

    Thanks for the insight!

  2. gr8tfly macrumors 603


    Oct 29, 2006
    ~119W 34N
    To run closed:

    • must be on a/c
    • must be connected to an external monitor (TV in this case)
    • have an available external keyboard & mouse
    Wake the computer with either keyboard or mouse and you're good to go.
  3. fpar macrumors regular

    Feb 11, 2008
    You can also wake it with an apple remote, this might be a good idea if you are using it as a DVR.
  4. celica73 thread starter macrumors member

    Jan 12, 2009
  5. geoffreak macrumors 68020


    Feb 8, 2008
    I have to warn you that any Mac laptop that runs while closed will get VERY hot because the keyboard is used for ventilation. If possible, have your MacBook propped open slightly.

    I would recommend the Mini for this job instead. It is cheaper, has more than enough power, and has a smaller footprint without overheating.
  6. slpdLoad macrumors 6502a


    Jun 10, 2009
    They're designed to be able to run in this mode. The vents are on the back, which are not blocked when the lid is closed. Might be a few Cs hotter, but it will be fine.
  7. richard.martin macrumors newbie

    Jun 16, 2009
  8. Lukeyboy01 macrumors regular


    May 15, 2009
    Birmingham, UK
    Refurbs don't get the the back to school offer :(

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