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Use a MacBook with the main display off, revisited
Authored by: UniAce on May 13, '07 09:40:32AM
Thanks csugden,
This particular hint actually really DOES serve a purpose for me!

I recently started using an iSkin ProTouch keyboard cover on my MacBook ( http://iskin.com/protouchmb/ ), to prevent crud from getting under the keys (which as far as I can tell are near-impossible to clean under). It has the added benefit of "silencing" keypresses, making my typing less loud in classses and meetings.

So that's great for using the MacBook out in the world, but at home I've always plugged it into an external monitor/keyboard/mouse and run it in closed-lid mode.

But Apple warns against running the MacBook in closed-lid mode with ANYTHING on top of the keyboard:
http://www.apple.com/support/macbook/care/
"Never place anything over your keyboard when operating in closed-lid mode. This can cause your computer to cycle on and off, which might create excessive heat and drain your battery."

So I either have to remove the keyboard cover when I get home and plug the MacBook into the external monitor (a hassle), or I have to run the MacBook with the lid open and the built-in LCD wasting energy.

Yes, dimming the LCD all the way is an option, but I like csugden's hint better because it results in the LCD being ALL the way off AND letting me keep the MacBook's lid open so it doesn't overheat or whatever due to the keyboard cover.


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