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Closing MacBook Pro Lid w/o it Sleeping

Message #1 - Posted 2007/04/20 - Adam

Is there a way I can configure the Macbook Pro to stay running when i close the lid? I have an old windows laptop that has an option in the system preferences, but i can't find anything like this on the macbook pro.. is there a third party program that lets you do this with the mac or is there an option in the system preferences i missed. If it make a difference i have my OS X updated to 10.4.9.
Thanks,
-Adam
adam79@toast.net

Message #2 - Posted 2007/04/20 - Adam

Is there a way I can configure the Macbook Pro to stay running when i close the lid? I have an old windows laptop that has an option in the system preferences, but i can't find anything like this on the macbook pro.. is there a third party program that lets you do this with the mac or is there an option in the system preferences i missed. If it make a difference i have my OS X updated to 10.4.9.
Thanks,
-Adam
adam79@toast.net

Message #3 - Posted 2007/04/20 - Gregory Weston

Previously, Adam wrote:

Is there a way I can configure the Macbook Pro to stay running when i close the lid? I have an old windows laptop that has an option in the system preferences, but i can't find anything like this on the macbook pro.. is there a third party program that lets you do this with the mac or is there an option in the system preferences i missed. If it make a difference i have my OS X updated to 10.4.9.
Thanks,
-Adam
adam79@toast.net

I did this search in Google:

macbook closed site:apple.com

The first result I got was:

<http://docs.info.apple.com/article.html?artnum=86286>

Message #4 - Posted 2007/04/21 - Paul Nevai

Adam wrote:

Is there a way I can configure the Macbook Pro to stay running when i close the lid? I have an old windows laptop that has an option in the system preferences, but i can't find anything like this on the macbook pro.. is there a third party program that lets you do this with the mac or is there an option in the system preferences i missed. If it make a difference i have my OS X updated to 10.4.9.

I have no idea but...

With my PowerBook, attaching an external monitor keeps it from sleeping. So you might want to try that too. I wonder if you do that and then turn of the power switch of the monitor, what happens. My monitor, an Apple one, has no power switch. /PaulN

Message #5 - Posted 2007/04/21 - Adam

i have a bluetooth mouse, but it says you also need a second monitor. That's ridiculous about how you need a second monitor. The code can't be that hard to write up to give an option for the computer to run with the lid down. it's a huge, little thing that they overlooked. bollocks. cheers,
adam

"Gregory Weston" <uce@splook.com> wrote in message news:uce-9CCA77.18184820042007@comcast.dca.giganews.com...

Previously, Adam wrote:

Is there a way I can configure the Macbook Pro to stay running when i close
the lid? I have an old windows laptop that has an option in the system preferences, but i can't find anything like this on the macbook pro.. is there a third party program that lets you do this with the mac or is there
an option in the system preferences i missed. If it make a difference i have
my OS X updated to 10.4.9.
Thanks,
-Adam
adam79@toast.net

I did this search in Google:

macbook closed site:apple.com

The first result I got was:

<http://docs.info.apple.com/article.html?artnum=86286>

Message #6 - Posted 2007/04/21 - Gregory Weston

Previously, Adam wrote:

i have a bluetooth mouse, but it says you also need a second monitor. That's ridiculous about how you need a second monitor. The code can't be that hard to write up to give an option for the computer to run with the lid down.

I think you have it backwards. They probably went out of their way to disable that, rather than didn't go out of their way to enable it.

it's a huge, little thing that they overlooked. bollocks.

You have to admit running headless is pretty much an edge case for a portable, though. Here's a solution.

<http://www.versiontracker.com/dyn/moreinfo/macosx/30315&vid=384124&mode= info>

Message #7 - Posted 2007/04/28 - C J Campbell

On 2007-04-20 12:03:30 -0700, Adam said:

Is there a way I can configure the Macbook Pro to stay running when i close the lid? I have an old windows laptop that has an option in the system preferences, but i can't find anything like this on the macbook pro.. is there a third party program that lets you do this with the mac or is there an option in the system preferences i missed. If it make a difference i have my OS X updated to 10.4.9.
Thanks,
-Adam
adam79@toast.net

No. It goes to sleep when you close the lid. However, you can set it to wake back up with keyboard. You need an external keyboard or mouse -- even a little numeric keypad will do. This works, of course, only with a USB keyboard or mouse, since the computer turns Bluetooth off when it goes to sleep. Look in Mac Help ("Help" in the Finder menu) "Using your portable computer with the display closed."

However, most PowerPoint presenters like using the MacBook Pro with the lid open because of the Presenter Tools that are present on the laptop screen, but not on the presentation screen.

Waddling Eagle
World Famous Flight Instructor

Message #8 - Posted 2007/04/28 - C J Campbell

On 2007-04-21 12:41:45 -0700, Adam said:

i have a bluetooth mouse, but it says you also need a second monitor. That's ridiculous about how you need a second monitor. The code can't be that hard to write up to give an option for the computer to run with the lid down. it's a huge, little thing that they overlooked. bollocks. cheers,
adam

The Bluetooth mouse will not wake up your computer, either. It has to be a USB mouse. Or a USB keyboard. Or both. The keyboard can be a numeric keypad, which you can get for like $10.

The external monitor can be a presentation projector or anything else that connects to the external monitor port. I suspect you could fool it by just plugging in the DVI - VGA adaptor -- why not? It might not necessarily know that a monitor is not connected to the VGA plug.

Waddling Eagle
World Famous Flight Instructor

Message #9 - Posted 2007/04/28 - D P Schreber

On 2007-04-28, C J Campbell wrote:

No. It goes to sleep when you close the lid. However, you can set it to wake back up with keyboard. You need an external keyboard or mouse --

And an external monitor, at least that's my experience: you can wake it without one but it will go right back to sleep again.

This works, of course, only with a USB keyboard or mouse

A bluetooth device will of course wake it up if you enable that system preference. I use mine this way all the time.

Message #10 - Posted 2007/04/29 - D P Schreber

On 2007-04-28, C J Campbell wrote:

The Bluetooth mouse will not wake up your computer, either. It has to be a USB mouse.

Not true. See:

System Preferences -> Bluetooth -> Settings

I suspect you could fool it by just plugging in the DVI - VGA adaptor -- why not?

Nope, this doesn't work.

Message #11 - Posted 2007/04/30 - Nigel

in article 2007042816131450878-christophercampbell@hotmailcom, C J Campbell at christophercampbell@hotmail.com wrote on 29/4/07 9:13 AM:

On 2007-04-21 12:41:45 -0700, Adam said:

i have a bluetooth mouse, but it says you also need a second monitor. That's ridiculous about how you need a second monitor. The code can't be that hard to write up to give an option for the computer to run with the lid down. it's a huge, little thing that they overlooked. bollocks. cheers,
adam

The Bluetooth mouse will not wake up your computer, either. It has to be a USB mouse. Or a USB keyboard. Or both. The keyboard can be a numeric keypad, which you can get for like $10.

The external monitor can be a presentation projector or anything else that connects to the external monitor port. I suspect you could fool it by just plugging in the DVI - VGA adaptor -- why not? It might not necessarily know that a monitor is not connected to the VGA plug.

Actually it can be anything USB - apple say it has to be a mouse but anything plugged in there will do so you can run it to your TV for example without a keyboard or mouse plugged it - of course how you actually do anything useful after that .......

Nigel

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