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Use a MacBook with the main display off
Authored by: greengeek on Jun 09, '06 08:41:30AM

There should be no need to set the machine to Mirror Displays. Even in Extend Desktop mode, if you wake the machine with the lid closed, only the external screen will turn on, and you can then use either the internal keyboard/trackpad or USB keyboard and mouse to use the system.

As far as why you wouldn't want both screens on, depending on the monitor you have, if the screens aren't very well matched, it could be a bit disorienting to look back and forth between them. Color temperature or DPI mismatches, or a cramped desk space, can make the two screen setup more of a headache than it's worth.



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Use a MacBook with the main display off
Authored by: Lutin on Jun 12, '06 04:30:17AM
There should be no need to set the machine to Mirror Displays.
That's right. On a powerbook with a second screen plugged-in, in extended mode, I closed the lid. Then I woke the laptop via bluetooth (no USB keyboard available at the time), and it worked as described.
I put it to sleep and wake it up again, to get the built-in screen back on. Still worked, except that the windowserver crashed. As far as I know, It didn't cause any problem.

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