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Use a MacBook with the main display off
Authored by: wazzle638 on Jul 15, '11 02:39:08AM

Up until Snow Leopard this trick works, but in Lion not anymore.

I use it everyday, as my white MacBook's screen burns away if I keep the lid closed while heavily using the processor and hard drive.

In Lion, it appears that the OS runs a "Detect Displays" every time you open or close the lid. In itself that is nice, the user doesn't have to think about what to do when he attaches an external monitor and closes the lid (or re-opens the lid etc). But for me, with my melting LCD, this is not really what I want.

I ended up installing SwitchResX, only for using the 'disable display' option, with which I now, in Lion, manually have to switch off the laptop screen when my external display is attached.

Does anyone know of a simpler (scripting? Applescript? plist? Without 3rd party applications, I mean) solution?

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