powering up your Macbook while in clamshell mode?

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  1. Tfosorcim macrumors newbie

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    I know this question has probably been asked before, but the subsequent answers are several years old and I just wanted to revive it should Apple have provided a adequate solution since then.

    Is there a way to power up the macbook pro (mine is a early 2015 13" retina) when in clamshell mode?

    For reasons outside of the scope of this post, I need to shut off my MBP overnight and powering it back on the next day is literally a balancing act with a couple of close calls.

    Thanks
     
  2. Intell macrumors P6

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    Yes, but you'll need to solder an external switch to the power on test pads on the logicboard.
     
  3. Tfosorcim thread starter macrumors newbie

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    preferably less intrusive and warranty violating than Macguyvering my MacBook :)
     
  4. Intell macrumors P6

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    That's the only way other than pressing the actual power button.
     
  5. shoulin333 macrumors 6502a

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    why not just sleep? If you are really worried about power usage just unplug the magsafe after putting it to sleep.
     
  6. redheeler macrumors 603

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    You can set it to automatically turn on at a specified time the next day in System Preferences > Energy Saver > Schedule.
     
  7. Tfosorcim thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks guys. I'll give 'sleep' a try, though there was a reason I had to turn it off to begin with that I can't recall at the moment. I believe it was because my DisplayPort NEC monitor wouldn't wake after the computer did. That being said, it's easier to unplug/re-plug a cable than it is opening the MB (because its in a clamshell stand).

    Thanks again
     
  8. priitv8 macrumors 68020

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    Well, if you have it in a clamshell stand (like Henge Docks), then you do not need to touch your machine at all.
    I have set my MBP to never sleep when connected to AC. I just turn off the display and that's it.
    It is easiest to do by assigning one hot corner of screen to "Put dispplay to sleep" function.
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    This way it is always awake and ready for action. You can not run clamshell mode without AC anyway, so that's what I figured was most effective.
     
  9. kazibole macrumors member

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    You can also press Shift–Control–Power (or Eject) if you have an Apple keyboard to put the display to sleep.
     
  10. Badrottie Suspended

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    Thank you so much this is what I am looking for!
     

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