I've been using mac laptops the last 3-4 years now, and absolutely love everything about them except for 1 thing: ease of use with external monitors. Right now I'm on a 1-year old MBP and I use it quite often with my external monitor. I do not, however, use it much with my HD-tv as it is too frustrating to use macs with external screens. My problem is that I have to close my laptop and wake it up again after Ive connected the monitor/tv cable, and its bugging me to no end. Sometimes it refuses to wake up (usually if i try to use it with my TV) and I have to restart it to get the external display working. Other times I have been away from my mac for a while after using it with the external display, and when I wake it up the laptop-display wakes up as well, causing me to have to close the laptop and wake it up again with my wireless keyboard. It's really annoying to me cause I have to wait for a bit after I have closed it before it wakes up again. What I wish for is a way to easily get the mac to send signals only to my external monitor, without having to close it and wake it up from sleep mode. I want to use the full resolution possibilities of the external display and do not care for the laptop display, especially when Im using it with my tv. This is something I would've thought Apple would fix lightyears ago, but I cant seem to find a way to work around it. The problem has even become worse with the latest software update, as now it sometimes does not wake up from sleep mode if i disconnect it from the external display. Is there no workaround/fix for this, or am I just searching in the wrong places? It has been an annoyance to me for several years, so I would very happy to find a solution. Cheers. PS: for some reason I'm thinking that the laptop should be open even when I'm just using the external display, as I fear that it would overheat if its closed. Is this correct or am I paranoid?