Quick question: How do you disconnect an external display-

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  1. OverSpun, Jul 20, 2012
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    OverSpun macrumors 6502a

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    I use the mini displayport (thunderbolt) and I usually only connect it while the computer is off, and the same when I shutdown the computer... (To avoid damage if it is possible)

    How do you do it with yours?


    I'm only checking to see if I'm being too careful and wasting time.
     
  2. OverSpun thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    I found this on another forum from googling-

    Apparently you can hot-plug away? Can anyone confirm this?

    Or maybe just putting the mac to sleep? I just don't want to fry my video card. :rolleyes:
     
  3. Aksta macrumors regular

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    Are you using the Mbps as a display as well? I hav been using a MBA with a display as a secondary screen and I have always just pulled the display cable out without turning off the computer and had no problems. I do this with my rmbp as well with no problems? However this may be different for clamshell mode
     
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    I do use my MBP as a 2nd display w/ a 24" external display. I suppose its not too bad to shut the clam and give a few seconds and pull the cords and of course ejecting my external drives. :)

    I used to put my old UMBP when I put the computer to sleep and eventually I noticed that the mini displayport adaptor may have been damaged (some strange sleep issues with the external display) but not that I've noticed with the machine's own display didnt show any symptoms like that.

    Thanks!
     
  5. Aksta macrumors regular

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    I usually disconnect from my external display when i want to use the laptop around the house so it makes more sense just to unplug it when its off. however if your unplugging it to take with you then it would make more sense to stay on the safe side and close the lid first then disconnect all of the cables. the amount of times i see the this disk was not ejected properly is scary.
     
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    Oh, yea.. same with disks not ejected properly and I have even seen that randomly and I thought... Great... did it just eat itself? I'm always careful to avoid losing data. ;)
     
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    Here is Apple's official recommendation and they suggest sleep before unplugging. That said I hot plug/unplug my TBD all the time and it has not hurt anything.

    I don't think the recommendation to sleep first has anything to do with frying anything, but more to do with the OS being able to sync up video properly.
     
  9. gentlefury macrumors 68030

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    for a display I don't see any problem with just yanking the cord....it adjusts itself whether it is asleep or not. With hard drives you are better off letting the computer go to sleep before pulling it if you intend on resuming later with it plugged in, otherwise, eject it.
     
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    Perfect, thanks!
     

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