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Authored by: pub3abn on Jul 28, '04 02:24:09PM

According to various reports, running a PB with the lid closed could lead to serious over-heating issues, potentially frying your precious system.



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Authored by: mzarra on Jul 28, '04 08:35:17PM

That may be true on the ibook models but even Apple's own manual that comes with the powerbook describes how to do this. I doubt running a powerbook with the lid closed would damage it. I do it fairly often and have had no adverse effects over the past year.

The answer is simple. Connect an external mouse or keyboard to the powerbook, let it go to sleep then either move the mouse or touch the keyboard and the powerbook will wake back up. Naturally you want a monitor connected as well :)



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Authored by: MattHaffner on Jul 29, '04 12:21:45AM

Heat problems are an issue only for the PB G3, IIRC.

For a PB G4, that's only a problem if you run it with the lid closed and the screen *on*. There are some hacks to do this (e.g. KisMAC), but it's not a good idea.

As the poster above notes, PowerBook G4's were designed to run without the lid open if you have an external monitor, keyboard and/or mouse, and the power cord all attached. See KB #88064 for example.



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