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Use a MacBook with the main display off
Authored by: glusk on Oct 03, '06 05:07:49PM

The system will "Detect Displays" when the system is started, wakes from sleep, a display is connected or disconnected, CMD-F2 is pressed or the "Detect Displays" button in the Displays System Preference is clicked.

If the lid is closed during the detect process, the internal display will not be on or take up any resources.

For years on many PBs with external displays I have started the system with the power button and closed the lid quickly before the display is detected. Then, as this poster indicates, you may re-open the lid and use the keyboard/trackpad.

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