Macbook Pro in Clamshell mode

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  1. gazfocus macrumors 68000

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    I was just wondering, is it possible to power on a Macbook Pro in Clamshell Mode? I noticed when I went to turn off my ACD (with the MBP in clamshell mode), I was asked if I wanted to turn off the computer.

    Sorry if this is a dumb/asked before question
     
  2. jared_kipe macrumors 68030

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    You press the button and close the lid quickly. Should switch to the external being the primary during boot.
     
  3. mullman macrumors 6502

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    Yes, the 'old' and unibody MBPs all work in 'clamshell' mode just fine.
    It is all spelled out in the manual.
     
  4. mcavjame macrumors 65816

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    Not what the OP asked.
     
  5. alphaod macrumors Core

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    You need to do what mullman specified to power on the computer. To sleep the display, I use InsomniaX.

    How about you answer the OP then?
     
  6. TheNightPhoenix macrumors 6502

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    Unfortunately no. "jared_kipe" is right. the best you can do is hit the power button and quickly close the lid.


    I remember a time when all Macs came with a keyboard that had a power button on. I believe laptops back then could be powered on using one of these keyboards, but modern Macs don't recognize the power button for switching on. :(
     
  7. mcavjame macrumors 65816

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    It was already answered by Jared.
     
  8. mullman macrumors 6502

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    At one point I was a badged engineer for Apple and once I had a walk-thru of the Santa-Clara telephone support facility.

    There was a huge banner on the wall that said 'RTFM!' :rolleyes:

    But once the machine is running just sleep it : Sleep.
    FWIW an older KB with a power button will restart an OFF laptop (say older iMac or PowerMac G3 keyboard). Since then I have never used a KB to start an off laptop. I just sleep it and restart when needed.
     
  9. mcavjame macrumors 65816

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    I guess in this case it would be RTFOP.:D

    It's obvious the OP understands the sleep aspect of using the machine in clamshell mode. S/he was just inquiring about powering on from an accidental shut down while in clamshell mode.
     
  10. gazfocus thread starter macrumors 68000

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    Thanks everyone for your replies. I do normally just sleep the laptop so not really an issue in day to day usage.

    Thanks again
     

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