Shut the Lid and not Sleep!

Discussion in 'macOS' started by Piplodocus, Aug 10, 2010.

  1. Piplodocus macrumors regular

    Apr 2, 2008
    Hello Boys and Girls,

    I'm sure this is do-able as someone's mentioned it; Can you set a MBP so that it doesn't go to sleep when the lid's shut and it's connected to an external display? Got meself a Mini-DP to VGA adapter yesterday but it's off-putting watching streamed TV with the mac open next to it!

    (Preferably I'd like a setting so it still sleeps with the lid shut if the external display isn't connected)
  2. Piplodocus thread starter macrumors regular

    Apr 2, 2008
    Ah, splendid. Cheers!

    I'll be needing to connect a keyboard/mouse then!

    (Or by getting InsomniaX which seems a good idea)
  3. kepner macrumors 6502

    Sep 7, 2003
    When I want to use only my external display, I close my MacBook (so it goes to sleep) and wake it back up (still closed) with an Apple Remote. After giving it a few seconds, it's safe to open the MacBook again and use its keyboard and trackpad. And, it's still safe to close the MacBook without it going to sleep.
  4. SXR macrumors 6502a


    Nov 20, 2007
    Thanks for that great work - around , its just what I needed. I will try this out right now.

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