quick dumb sleep/close lid question

Wie Gehts

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Ok...

If the macbook is doing something..has an app running. For example, I want to listen to internet radio in iTunes (I have airport hooked into my stereo).....can I close the cover and still get my audio stream or does it shut the computer down?

Thanks :)
 

fredsherbet

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it'll sleep :( as far as i know there's no way to stop it, although i've been told if you have an external monitor, mouse and keyboard connected it won't sleep... although that hasn't worked for me!

It's irritating when i'm using it to watch movies on TV. Just have to make do with dimming the screen
 
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Wie Gehts

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ahhhhh, rats, it went to sleep.......


fredsherbert..... yeah, you should be able to use it lid closed with the externals hooked up. Maybe you need to set some prefs or something for it to happen.
 
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TheStu

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ahhhhh, rats, it went to sleep.......


fredsherbert..... yeah, you should be able to use it lid closed with the externals hooked up. Maybe you need to set some prefs or something for it to happen.
To the both of you, with a keyboard and monitor and power hooked up, all you do is after you close the lid, just thwap the spacebar to wake it up.
 
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mach

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I'd also assume there's a setting where you can tell it not to go to sleep when the lid is closed (don't have my MBP yet).
 
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Wie Gehts

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Groovy.....InsomniaX. Just the thing to do it. Thanks! :)


So if you close the lid, normally it'll go to sleep. But if you connect an external keyboard, mouse and monitor it'll go to sleep at first but once you start using the ext. keys and mouse it wakes up again.

I just wanted to keep the lid closed while I listened to music all day so the open laptop doesn't start accumulating a layer of dust on it.
 
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torpy

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It shouldn't, not serious ones anyway, the fan vents of the MBP are at the back, still visible if the lid is closed. Besides, it's built to be run in 'clamshell' mode anyway :)
 
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creator2456

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Jul 10, 2007
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It shouldn't, not serious ones anyway, the fan vents of the MBP are at the back, still visible if the lid is closed. Besides, it's built to be run in 'clamshell' mode anyway :)
Serious, no. Major increase, yes.

It is true the vents are on the back and it is designed to run in clamshell mode, but a lot of hte heat also escapes through the keyboard. This is especially true when the fans are revving high enough to push the heated air out fast enough (cause heat raises).

So what I am saying is I wouldn't worry about heat issues and clamshell for normal tasks. But when you start processor intensive tasks, open the lid and let you MBP breath.
 
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snipersix

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Dec 31, 2007
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i tried closing my macbook pro while a usb mouse and my external lcd monitor is attached. when I closed it, the screen went to sleep, i tried to click my mouse nothing happens.

I think the mouse and keyboard trick only works for bluetooth mouse and keyboard..
 
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jshbckr

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Apr 20, 2007
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i tried closing my macbook pro while a usb mouse and my external lcd monitor is attached. when I closed it, the screen went to sleep, i tried to click my mouse nothing happens.

I think the mouse and keyboard trick only works for bluetooth mouse and keyboard..
Before I got my Mac Pro, I used a keyboard and mouse all the time with my PowerBook (closed). Did you try hitting the space bar/any other keys?
 
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snipersix

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im just testing this out, with just a mouse no keyboard. I was able to do it b4 but now it doesn't work for me
 
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