Super Noob Question ABout Hooking Up To TV

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by STidrvr, Mar 6, 2013.

  1. STidrvr macrumors member

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    So Im still relatively new to the MacBook. To watch movies, Ive been hooking up my rMBP to my TV via the HDMI port. How do I allow the movie to play while keeping the lid closed. I looked though the setting and cant seem to find a setting. If possible though, I like to retain the setting for lid closure as it stands now, when not connected.

    So is there a may to change the behavior only when connected via HDMI?
     
  2. SnowLeopard2008 macrumors 604

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    I don't have a rMBP so this potentially might be wrong, but if you use a mouse/keyboard either connected through USB or Bluetooth, you can close the lid and click using the mouse or tap a few keys on the keyboard. This will activate clamshell mode. Basically clamshell mode disables the built in display and uses the connected external display as the primary/main display. I have done this using various MBPs but only through the MiniDP/Thunderbolt ports to HDMI, DVI and VGA. I can't verify if this method works for direct HDMI.
     
  3. BigBeast macrumors 6502a

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    Yup.

    More specifically:

    http://support.apple.com/kb/HT3131
     
  4. STidrvr thread starter macrumors member

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  5. Ipadlover29 macrumors 6502a

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    Is there a way to disable the internal screen without closing the lid? Only thing that has worked for me so far is using a magnet lol.
     
  6. STidrvr thread starter macrumors member

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    What I have been doing is turning down the brightness on the screen and keyboard backlight to off.
     
  7. iThinkergoiMac macrumors 68030

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    Yup, lowering the brightness all the way will make it look as though it's off.
     
  8. Ipadlover29 macrumors 6502a

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    Pretty silly there is no simple way to switch off the internal display. I would expect something that costs $2400 to have this ability.
     
  9. snaky69 macrumors 603

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    It does have the feature, in windows. That's an OS X limitation, not a hardware limitation. So you should be saying "I can't believe this feature is not available on a $20 piece of software". That changes the outlook doesn't it?


    All seriousness aside, just go to apple.com/feedback and let them know, if enough people do it, they just might quietly implement it.
     
  10. Toby Ziegler macrumors regular

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    On a cMPB, Control + Shift + Eject will power down the display. Since you're using a retina MBP, I'm not sure what the key combination would be... There is an option under the Screensaver preferences to assign a hot corner to turn off the display.
     
  11. snaky69 macrumors 603

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    Doesn't that shortcut put the whole computer to sleep?
     
  12. Ipadlover29 macrumors 6502a

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    I tried the hot corner short cut. It put both displays to sleep.
     
  13. Toby Ziegler macrumors regular

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    Nope. I use it everyday when I leave my laptop at my desk. Just shuts off the display and the keyboard backlight.
     

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