Macbook closed? How?

Discussion in 'MacBook' started by reno55, Mar 18, 2009.

  1. reno55 macrumors member

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    I just got a new macbook and wondered cant I run it lid closed on an external monitor with external keyboard and mouse? If so how?
     
  2. Darth.Titan macrumors 68030

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    Just make sure it's plugged in to external power when you do this. Close the lid, and hitting a key on the keyboard should awake the monitor.

    You cannot use "clamshell mode" while operating off battery power.
     
  3. Tallest Skil macrumors P6

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    Plug everything in. Close the laptop. Wake it up with the keyboard.
     
  4. jtibbitt macrumors regular

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    I suspect that would take some hacking to get the computer to override the safety issue of getting too hot when it runs with the lid closed. I would be interested if someone has actually hacked this and also tested the temperature while it does run closed. It would be nice to have the computer continue working as you are carrying it in your bag down the street.
     
  5. reno55 thread starter macrumors member

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  6. Tallest Skil macrumors P6

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    If you want to run any sort of display, depending, of course, on your actual model of MacBook.
     
  7. reno55 thread starter macrumors member

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    I have the newest macbook with backlit keyboard
     
  8. Tallest Skil macrumors P6

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    Mini DisplayPort adapter, then. Not DVI.
     
  9. Ramasjang macrumors member

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  10. Tallest Skil macrumors P6

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    That isn't really going to work for three reasons:

    1. He doesn't even have a monitor.
    2. It isn't at ALL what he wants.
    3. He would lose windows on his laptop's active and unused screen.
     
  11. MasterNile macrumors 65816

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    I don't understand what you mean by #3, could you clarify?
     

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