MacBook Clamshell mode?

Discussion in 'MacBook' started by zepharus, Mar 25, 2008.

  1. zepharus macrumors 6502a

    zepharus

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    What is involved in using the macbook as a setup with an external monitor, mouse and keyboard? I want to be able to switch it out easily and take it with me but use it with the externals at home.

    any advice would be appreciated..
     
  2. chrono1081 macrumors 604

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    Just plug in your monitor, keyboard, and mouse when you want to use them, unplug them when you dont.

    By clamshell Im assuming you mean that your macbook will be closed when hooked to a monitor. Why not open it up too and use extended desktop?
     
  3. GfulDedFan macrumors 65816

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  4. msjones macrumors 6502

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    I use my mac at home on the griffin stand plugged into an external monitor. I use extended desktop however I would prefer to close the lid and just use the external while working at home.

    My worry is the display. When using the machine at home I do alot, and I mean alot of video encoding so the MacBook is kicking anywhere between 70-85C of heat and the fans are maxed out to their full.

    Would having the lid closed while doing this resource heavy process damage it in anyway? I read there are vents under the keyboard (unsure about this)

    thanks!
     
  5. GfulDedFan macrumors 65816

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    In your case, I would leave it open. Hate to hear about a warped MacBook or house fire just because it looks like a better setup with it closed. A general rule would be that if the fans spin a lot...leave it open.
     
  6. msjones macrumors 6502

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    OK :)

    Thanks for the input! I cant afford a new MacBook, let alone a house fire!
     
  7. Kalafut macrumors regular

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    just use a hot corner to sleep the display, and keep it open.
     
  8. zepharus thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Is a mini DVI to vga adapter included?
     
  9. eXan macrumors 601

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    That is totally untrue. If running the MacBook closed somehow damaged the sysem, Apple would have never made it (officially) possible.

    All hot air is dissipated through the big vent hole on the back. The cold air is sucked in through the center of the keyboard and since closing the lid still leaves significant space between the KB and the display its not dangerous at all.

    I'm really getting sick of all these "is running my MB(P) closed dangerous and will it overheat?" questions...
     

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