maintain internet while sleeping?

ero87

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Original poster
Jan 17, 2006
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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?

Thanks!
 

jsw

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Mar 16, 2004
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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.
 

brianus

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Jun 17, 2005
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jsw said:
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.
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?
 

mad jew

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Apr 3, 2004
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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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