maintain internet while sleeping?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by ero87, Oct 9, 2006.

  1. ero87 macrumors 65816


    Jan 17, 2006
    New York City
    Hey guys, quick question:

    Is there a way to keep the internet running (e.g., my iChat would still be active) when i close the lid to an MBP or put my iMac to sleep? Any 3rd party thing, or secret setting?

  2. jsw Moderator emeritus


    Mar 16, 2004
    Andover, MA
    If you add a display adapter to the DVI port on the MBP, it'll stay awake when the lid is closed, but, if the Mac is asleep, it's asleep - no connections, no apps running, etc.
  3. brianus macrumors 6502

    Jun 17, 2005
    Are you saying they always have to go to sleep when the lid is closed? Like, by default? That's.. bizarre. If so, shouldn't that behavior be easily changed in System Preferences somewhere?
  4. mad jew Moderator emeritus

    mad jew

    Apr 3, 2004
    Adelaide, Australia
    It's not that bizarre. It's a fail-safe measure to ensure the thing won't overheat or get jolted whilst still accessing the hard drive. As far as I know, you don't necessarily need a cable in your DVI port. You can connect a mouse or keyboard to wake the thing up too, unless the newer machines are different. :)

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