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DaddyOFTheMacDaddy Level 1 Level 1 (15 points)
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Apr 4, 2011 3:54 AM
Hi all,

Is there a work around for the air so I can close the lid on my air without turning off the computer?


Thanks!
iMac; iPad; iPhone; iPod, Mac OS X (10.6.5)
  • rkaufmann87 Level 8 Level 8 (40,615 points)
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    Apr 4, 2011 7:04 AM (in response to DaddyOFTheMacDaddy)
    Not sure what you mean by your post. You can close the lid on a MBA or any Apple notebook without turning it off. Please re-state your question, you may want to be a little more specific next time.

    Roger
    24" iMac 6 GB RAM, 11" MacBook Air 4GB, 128GB SSD, Mac OS X (10.6.7), iPhone 3GS Airport Extreme Airport Express
  • varjak paw Level 10 Level 10 (167,190 points)
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    Apr 4, 2011 9:10 AM (in response to DaddyOFTheMacDaddy)
    If you mean that you want to be able to close the screen without putting the MBA to sleep, then that's not supported. There is a hack that will prevent sleep:

    http://www.macupdate.com/app/mac/22211/insomniax

    but as with any such hack, you use it at your own risk (and it's not been updated in a couple of years so it may not work with current Macs). The MBA, while quite capable, isn't designed to run 24/7, so if you never let it sleep, you may encounter heat issues at some point.

    If that's not what you mean, please clarify what it is you wish to accomplish.

    Regards.
    iMac Core i7 8GB ATI Radeon 4850, Mac OS X (10.6.7), Also: iMac 2.8 Core 2 Duo 24", IPad 16GB WiFi, Dell w/ Windows 7, Win XP via VM
  • sarahb112 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Apr 5, 2011 9:02 AM (in response to DaddyOFTheMacDaddy)
    I think I'm looking for the same thing. I just want to be able to close the lid without being signed out from Skype or without stopping a download or whatever.

    I tried Caffeine and it doesn't work. I also tried InsomniaX but I don't want the screen to stay on!

    It seems really weird that this can't be adjusted. I just want to be able to do what I could do on my computer 10-15 years ago and leave my IM application open to receive messages when I'm not at my computer. I guess I'll just have to train myself to remember to leave the lid open?
    Macbook Air 11"
  • varjak paw Level 10 Level 10 (167,190 points)
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    Apr 5, 2011 9:33 AM (in response to sarahb112)
    Yes, the easiest thing will be to just leave the lid open. Or if you have an external monitor, keyboard and mouse for your Air, you can close the lid and let the MBA sleep, then wake it back up from the external keyboard.

    This behavior of sleeping when the screen is closed is standard to just about all laptops, by the way.

    Regards.
    iMac Core i7 8GB ATI Radeon 4850, Mac OS X (10.6.7), Also: iMac 2.8 Core 2 Duo 24", IPad 16GB WiFi, Dell w/ Windows 7, Win XP via VM
  • travelarian Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)
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    Apr 5, 2011 5:05 PM (in response to varjak paw)
    You can keep the lid closed but use a keyboard to wake it up and use it like a Mac Mini.
  • varjak paw Level 10 Level 10 (167,190 points)
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    Apr 6, 2011 6:34 AM (in response to travelarian)
    As I said in my post.
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  • evets90 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Apr 11, 2011 12:35 PM (in response to DaddyOFTheMacDaddy)
    I am also looking for a solution to this. It's just silly that OSX can't do this, Windows has had the ability to do this for years, to say the MBA can't run 24/7 is just an invalid excuse in my eyes; computers can handle being on for a very long time.
    Intel Xserve 2011, Mac OS X (10.6.6)
  • rkaufmann87 Level 8 Level 8 (40,615 points)
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    Apr 11, 2011 4:59 PM (in response to DaddyOFTheMacDaddy)
    Wow I'll be sure to offer you my help in the future....oh wait a minute I just changed my mind I don't help folks like yourself.
    24" iMac 6 GB RAM, 11" MacBook Air 4GB, 128GB SSD, Mac OS X (10.6.7), iPhone 3GS Airport Extreme Airport Express
  • hawleyrw Level 3 Level 3 (625 points)
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    Apr 11, 2011 5:18 PM (in response to sarahb112)
    sarahb112 wrote:
    I think I'm looking for the same thing. I just want to be able to close the lid without being signed out from Skype or without stopping a download or whatever.

    I tried Caffeine and it doesn't work. I also tried InsomniaX but I don't want the screen to stay on!


    Couldn't you use one of these apps which keeps the machine running, but turn the backlight off? (dim using F1 until it's off?) The LED would be active, but the light off. Should work.

    I agree with some of you, you'd think that OSX should be able to do this. Myself, it doesn't matter cause I have no need to do this at home. If I was at work...would be another story, since I travel around the building I work in all the time with a laptop, meeting to meeting, etc. I'd find a way to do it.
    iPad 1, MBA 13" (2010), iPhone, Mac OS X (10.6.6)
  • FairSA88 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Dec 6, 2011 12:35 PM (in response to hawleyrw)

    Dimming the screen does work, but I'd rather be able to close the lid for safety reasons, i.e. falling off a shelf or table and the monitor becoming separated from the keyboard (worst case scenario)...
    Also, do we really need hostility on a forum discussing operating options for laptops? Go to a political forum if you want to bash on people by posts... This was put in place to help out people who have looked for options to make life easier or who are new to Mac... Why so much angst?

  • punpanonicus Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Dec 22, 2011 5:43 PM (in response to DaddyOFTheMacDaddy)

    I installed ImsoniaX, I activate it and close the lid and still the computer sleeps. Don't understand why people are recommending this. Or is it because my MBP is the 2011 model? Can someone help me? Great thread btw.

     

    Thanks in advanced.

  • punpanonicus Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Dec 22, 2011 5:51 PM (in response to punpanonicus)

    I just want this because I travel by train a lot and I wanted to be able to close my computer in my bag and leave the music playing in my headphones. So I dont have to have the computer open on a train when I have no need to. This way I could simply listen to music like if it was a huge iPod

     

    Please Help. InsomniaX doesnt keep the mac from sleeping when fully closed. At least the music stops... and when I open it its all black.

  • Asatoran Level 4 Level 4 (2,535 points)
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    Dec 22, 2011 6:10 PM (in response to punpanonicus)

    ...Don't understand why people are recommending this...

    "Clamshell mode" is designed to use a notebook computer as a replacement desktop computer.  Meaning you have a external monitor, keyboard and mouse.

    ...This way I could simply listen to music like if it was a huge iPod....

    Unfortunately, an external keyboard and mouse are required for clamshell mode.  While I suppose you could take a keyboard and mouse with you, I assume you don't want the added bulk.

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