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iBook G4 sleeps with external display

Message #1 - Posted 2004/01/21 - Barry Margolin

I'm in the process of replacing my original white iBook with a new iBook G4. I have it connected to an external display and keyboard/mouse, so I'm using it like a desktop. With the old iBook, I could close the lid and it wouldn't go to sleep when the external display was connected, but that doesn't seem to be working with the new one (I had the same problem with the PowerBook I had before the iBook). I don't like having to leave the lid slightly ajar -- I like to use the top of the iBook as temporary desk space (I've got a very small computer table, and no room in the apartment for expansion).

Any ideas?

Barry Margolin, barmar@alum.mit.edu
Arlington, MA
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Message #2 - Posted 2004/01/22 - Le Ming

Barry Margolin wrote:

Any ideas?

Check out the dual display hack on xlr8yourmac.
My two cents ;-)

Message #3 - Posted 2004/01/22 - Barry Margolin

Previously, Le Ming wrote:

Barry Margolin wrote:

Any ideas?

Check out the dual display hack on xlr8yourmac.
My two cents ;-)

Can you help me find the article? It's not on the home page, and I couldn't find it in the FAQ pages. Thanks.

Barry Margolin, barmar@alum.mit.edu
Arlington, MA
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Message #4 - Posted 2004/01/22 - M. G.

Barry Margolin wrote:

Previously, Le Ming wrote:

Barry Margolin wrote:

Any ideas?

Check out the dual display hack on xlr8yourmac.
My two cents ;-)

Can you help me find the article? It's not on the home page, and I couldn't find it in the FAQ pages. Thanks.

Different site, but I believe this is what the poster is referring to:

http://www.rutemoeller.com/mp/ibook/ibook_e.html

...which is not an answer to your original question, but possibly interesting for an external display user anyway.

The "patch"/hack seems to be fairly easily reversed if need be (by resetting nvram in Open Firmware), but bear in mind that doing this sort of thing will most likely void your warranty if something should go wrong.

Since your iBook G4 is new, why not just call Apple? It's free for the first 90 days.

Message #5 - Posted 2004/01/23 - Le Ming

M. G. wrote:

...which is not an answer to your original question, but possibly interesting for an external display user anyway.

yes it is an answer to his question since -as far as I know- the patch allows you to use the ibook this way. have a USB device connected,close the iBook's lid, move the usb device around, and boom, you get the external display activating.

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Message #6 - Posted 2004/01/23 - M. G.

Le Ming wrote:

M. G. wrote:

...which is not an answer to your original question, but possibly interesting for an external display user anyway.

yes it is an answer to his question since -as far as I know- the patch allows you to use the ibook this way. have a USB device connected,close the iBook's lid, move the usb device around, and boom, you get the external display activating.

Oh, OK. Is it a different patch?

Message #7 - Posted 2004/01/24 - Brian

M. G. wrote:

...which is not an answer to your original question, but possibly interesting for an external display user anyway.

yes it is an answer to his question since -as far as I know- the patch allows you to use the ibook this way. have a USB device connected,close the iBook's lid, move the usb device around, and boom, you get the external display activating.
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There is another patch called "NoSleep" that does what the original poster wanted. Here's the URL: http://www.versiontracker.com/dyn/moreinfo/macosx/20087

I think this may be kind of dangerous though - heat issues and what not.

Message #8 - Posted 2004/01/24 - Barry Margolin

Previously, Brian wrote:

There is another patch called "NoSleep" that does what the original poster wanted. Here's the URL:
http://www.versiontracker.com/dyn/moreinfo/macosx/20087

I think this may be kind of dangerous though - heat issues and what not.

It got 4 stars in the VersionTracker ratings, but many of the comments were pretty negative even though they had good ratings. Since it replaces the kernel, I'm a bit wary of installing it. And when I went to the developer page, it said that NoSleep has been discontinued, and SleepLess should be used instead. But the documentation of that application says it doesn't prevent sleeping when the lid is closed, so it's not what I need.

Barry Margolin, barmar@alum.mit.edu
Arlington, MA
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