Turn off MacBook Pro's internal display?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by wickedking94, Sep 21, 2012.

  1. wickedking94 macrumors 6502

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    I wan't to turn off my MBP's internal display for when it's connected to my external display so its not wasting video memory on my internal display. I have to keep the lid open though so I can use the built in keyboard and so it is properly ventilated.

    I've tried all the other methods like the mission control hot corners and the terminal command to shut off the internal display but neither of those methods seem to work on OS 10.8.2

    And no I'm not sticking a magnet on my computer to trick it into turning off the display.

    Just another example of how apple gives no control to us for anything.
     
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  3. thatoneguy82 macrumors 68000

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    I'm not sure if this well help since I only use it for one option. However, it does have multiple options for power and display. Download/view the app called InsomniaX
     
  4. wickedking94 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Unfortunatly that didn't work. I tried the options to sleep display and sleep the lid but neither turned off my internal display without also turning off my external display. Thanks though.
     
  5. Trojita macrumors member

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    My Macbook Pro Retina allows you to completely turn the display off by clicking the screen backlight button all the way down. I don't know what you have or how it works on other systems.
     
  6. Fry-man22 macrumors 6502

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    The statement about control is a bit dramatic. They give you a button to control it - turn the brightness all the way down and the backlight goes off.
     
  7. MCAsan macrumors 601

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    Suggest: Get a wired or wireless Apple keyboard, mouse and/or trackpad. And get a Bookarc from TwelveSouth. Put the MBP into the Bookarc in claimshell mode where it will naturally radiate heat in all directions and minimize power consumption by not turning on the internal display. You can reclaim a lot of deskspace if your desk had a pullout drawer for the keyboard and mouse.
     
  8. AAPLGeek macrumors regular

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    I use this method to disable my MBP's internal screen. Works flawlessly.
     
  9. wickedking94 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    See the problem with that idea is I have to buy a keyboard and this bookarc thing. I shouldn't have to spend money on a bunch of crap when it could easily be done if apple would give users more control.

    And im not looking to turn off the backlight, I already do that. Im looking to completely shut it off so my GPU isn't wasting memory on 2 displays.

    And I've already tried the terminal code to completely shut off the screen it doesn't appear to work on ML.
     
  10. wickedking94 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Well I'm fairly certain this is a lost cause unless i spend more money on a 1700$ computer.

    If you plotted out my satisfaction with apple over the past 2 years since I got my MBP it would be a steep decline all the way through the bottom of the graph.

    AppleLogic: Our users are to stupid to handle useful features so well make useless crap like gatekeeper and game center to distract them.

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    Mines a 13" mid 2010 MBP
     
  11. wickedking94 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Okay I thought of a solution in case anyone else want's to try it:

    1. Very carefully open your MacBook all the way.

    2. Then place you MacBook on your knee.

    3. Hold your MacBook firmly against you knee.

    4. Very quickly bring your knee up and hit your MacBook right on the hinge.

    5. Repeat steps 3 and 4 as many times as necessary to remove the screen from your MacBook.

    6. Don't buy another laptop ever again.
     
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  13. wickedking94 thread starter macrumors 6502

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  14. eron macrumors 6502

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    Apologies wicked one, just like how Apple gives us control over our lives, I had chosen to glance through the majority of your first post, and gave my best solution to the topic title.

    When you have control over your Mac, can you share with me how you can turn off the display of other laptops without closing the screen?
     
  15. wickedking94 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Yeah on both of my brothers PCs when they plug in an external display it pops up and option window and one of the options is to shut off the internal display while its still open. I can even do this when running windows 7 on bootcamp.
     
  16. wewefwef macrumors newbie

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    Nice Troll

    Nice condescending tone, thanks for your helpfulness.

    You do realize that turning the brightness down doesn't stop the GPU from exerting power to that screen, and that your menu bars lag when you have a 2009 macbook running 10.8.2. with two active displays?

    I am glad I don't have this problem anymore as mountain lion fried my integrated gpu from overheat since I couldn't switch off the native display. Yes, I had the lid open in a cold room.

    So think before the next time you spout off on something you have no clue about, a lot of us would like to know the answer.
     
  17. T5BRICK macrumors 604

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    I don't have a second display to try this on my 13" MBP, but here is what I used to do on my 2006 and 2007 15" models:

    1. Set the external display as the primary display.
    2. Setup your dual display system to mirror displays(I'm not 100% sure you can do this with 2 displays at different resolutions.
    3. Turn the brightness on your built in display down.

    Since it is mirrored you won't be using (as much) GPU power to push the second display.
     
  18. faroZ06 macrumors 68040

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    Turn on display mirroring. I'm pretty sure that fixes the problem completely.
     
  19. T5BRICK macrumors 604

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    I understand that you don't want to do this, but I'm curious why?
     
  20. faroZ06 macrumors 68040

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    Does this use the GPU still? Is it mirroring?

    Mirroring should minimize GPU usage so that it uses the same as normal, just once for the MacBook plus the external display instead of driving both. Then turn the backlight off if you don't want it to be on.
     
  21. IGregory macrumors 6502a

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    This one is a classic.
     
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  23. faroZ06 macrumors 68040

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    The 13" RMBP's screen does turn off when it's closed, and it still drives the external monitor. I think it's a firmware thing specific to the model that was updated (or should I say downgraded) with a Lion update for some Macs.
     
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    Seriously, you joined the forums and bumped a two month old thread just to post that?
     

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