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Switch MacBook power on/off with its lid closed
Authored by: knagurski on Sep 09, '08 08:47:58AM

If you have an older Apple USB keyboard with a power button, you don't have to worry about using twisted metal.

A word of warning though... using your laptop with the screen closed produces a lot more heat than with the screen open. You laptop cools itself through the keyboard and with the screen closed, you are baking your LCD. I did this for several months with a PowerBook G3 (Lombard) and my LCD faded to nothing. If you can, let the MacBook's screen stay open a little and set let the brightness to minimum, or see if there is a way to turn it off completely (on my old Lombard, you used to be able to wake or startup with the screen closed and then open the lid again without the screen kicking in until you went to discover displays).



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Switch MacBook power on/off with its lid closed
Authored by: rxcfc on Sep 09, '08 09:08:06AM

Be careful in comparing a new MacBook to a G3. The hardware design is significantly different and just because you had a problem with your G3 doesn't mean that the same problems exist for a MacBook. Also, given the fact that the laptop is turned on the side, the heat will rise up, being less likely to get trapped under the screen.



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Switch MacBook power on/off with its lid closed
Authored by: knagurski on Sep 15, '08 07:59:10AM

My current machine is actually a MacBook Pro and it definitely does still dissipate heat through the keyboard (as well as the bottom and vents on the sides and back), though having the machine propped up should let it go through the back a little bit more and reduce the heat on the screen.

All I'm saying is that although you can safely run the machine closed, I wouldn't for prolonged periods of time. If you just use the machine as a desktop with an external monitor, an iMac is cheaper, more powerful and purpose built.

Still, you couldn't prise my MBP out of my cold dead hands!



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Switch MacBook power on/off with its lid closed
Authored by: frgough on Sep 09, '08 11:21:23AM

You can't start up Macs with the keyboard anymore. For some reason Apple removed this extremely useful feature some years ago.



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Switch MacBook power on/off with its lid closed
Authored by: knagurski on Sep 15, '08 08:03:08AM

Really? Shame, that was a useful function, but it's been a year or two since I used a keyboard that had a power key... my brother stole my good old MacAlley and I haven't seen it since!



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