Questions about hooking up a MBP to an external monitor...

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by Lifeguy, Jul 10, 2010.

  1. Lifeguy macrumors member

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    Hello,

    So I'm interested in hooking up my MBP to an external monitor and giving it more of a desktop feel. I haven't bought the monitor yet but I'm thinking about going with a Samsung (since I don't like Apple's current line of glossy LEDs)

    I was wondering if there are any disadvantages to hooking up a laptop to a monitor as opposed to hooking up a desktop to a monitor. Are there any performance or resolution issues? I'm mainly doing this to play a few games (StarCraft 2 and a few other Blizzard games) and would prefer to play on a larger display.

    I was also wondering if there's an easy way to have my MBP lid closed and put away while using the external monitor/keyboard/mouse. Will I have to leave the laptop lid open in order to use everything?

    Thanks in advance
     
  2. celticpride678

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    No, there is no performance drop. No affect at all.

    As for keeping your Mac's display open, you can use InsomniacX (free)
     
  3. coasterider macrumors regular

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    Its all possible. I use my MBP 13 with a 24 inch Dell monitor at full resolution. Not sure about the lid closed although I did come across a bug when the computer is asleep and closed and I pull out a USB from the port the external monitor turns back on and is the main screen..
     
  4. Lifeguy thread starter macrumors member

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    Assuming I can keep the lid closed while using the external monitor. Will I have to open the computer and hit the power button every time I have to turn the computer on. Is there anyway around this to keep the MBP closed at all times?

    Thanks
     
  5. coasterider macrumors regular

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    If the monitor is set as the main desktop then you can do it from the top bar.
     
  6. Lifeguy thread starter macrumors member

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    I meant when the computer is already shutdown. Is there anyway to turn on the computer without opening the MBP lid and pressing the power button?

    Also, any good recommendations for a 20"-24" external matte monitor? Is there anything I should look out for when purchasing one?
     
  7. djasterix macrumors 6502a

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    You will always have to turn on the MBP with the lid open, as the button is inside, as long as I know there's no way to turn it on without hitting the power button.
     
  8. MikeinJapan macrumors regular

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    Just set the mac to always sleep and the you will never need to open the system at all.
     

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