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Turn off display without shutting down?

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MorrisLives Calculating status...
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Nov 30, 2012 7:56 PM

I'm downloading a pretty large update (nearly 4GBs @ 190 hours estimated time) to my office computer (a Mac Pro w/ large display) and I would like to shut off the screen display, yet leave the computer on over the weekend. Reason being is that I am the only Mac in the entire building and well...lots of curious,  lookie-loos like to salivate over my machine. Usually, I simply Log Out every night.

Mac Pro, Mac OS X (10.7), 3.2 GHz Quad-Core; 8 GB Memory
  • tzbikowski Level 4 Level 4 (1,945 points)
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    Nov 30, 2012 7:59 PM (in response to MorrisLives)

    your best bet would be to leave it in clamshell mode and switch off the screen

     

    http://support.apple.com/kb/HT3131

  • Grant Bennet-Alder Level 8 Level 8 (48,095 points)
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    Nov 30, 2012 8:03 PM (in response to MorrisLives)

    4GB should not be taking 190 hours to download. That is about the size of the 10.7 download, and if you get lucky that should be done in an hour.

     

    You can turn off your display whenever you please, with impunity. If you have multiple displays, you may find all your open windows on the "last display standing" when you resume.

    Mac Pro (Early 2009), Mac OS X (10.6.8), & Server, PPC, & AppleTalk Printers
  • LordZedd Calculating status...
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    Nov 30, 2012 9:17 PM (in response to MorrisLives)

    4GB sould take about 1 hour on typical broadband internet.

  • FatMac\>MacPro Level 4 Level 4 (2,065 points)
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    Dec 1, 2012 7:06 AM (in response to MorrisLives)

    MorrisLives wrote:

     

    I'm downloading a pretty large update (nearly 4GBs @ 190 hours estimated time) to my office computer (a Mac Pro w/ large display) and I would like to shut off the screen display, yet leave the computer on over the weekend...    

    System Preferences, Energy Saver, Display sleep, set it to a couple of minutes. The display will go dark but the computer will continue to run. Touching a key on the keyboard will bring the monitor back to life.

  • Malcolm J. Rayfield Level 5 Level 5 (4,500 points)
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    Dec 1, 2012 10:45 PM (in response to FatMac\>MacPro)

    Press Control-Shift-Eject to put the display to sleep.

  • LexSchellings Level 5 Level 5 (5,475 points)
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    Dec 2, 2012 1:41 AM (in response to MorrisLives)

    I wouldn't even consider downloading if your internet connection is that bad that 4GB takes 190 hours (8 days).

    4GB is less than an hour.

    Wait until the connecivity is normal again or download in another place where you have strong internet (do it on a friend's computer and save it on a stick).

  • Grant Bennet-Alder Level 8 Level 8 (48,095 points)
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    Dec 6, 2012 5:59 PM (in response to MorrisLives)

    Sometimes there are intermediate versions available that are smaller, and you can do two smaller updates instead of one Huge Update.

    Mac Pro (Early 2009), Mac OS X (10.6.8), & Server, PPC, & AppleTalk Printers

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