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MacBook Air to TV

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pputnam Level 3 Level 3 (575 points)
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Feb 14, 2011 3:39 PM
I have the MBA hooked up to my TV and it's working fine but I would like to use it with the lid closed. Do I have to use a bluetooth mouse or something to wake it up in order to do that? Thanks.
27"iMac 2.66GHz intel Core i5, Mac OS X (10.6.4), iPhone 4 32GB Black/iPad wifi+3G
  • macprorocks Calculating status...
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    Feb 14, 2011 3:42 PM (in response to pputnam)
    After you press the power button at startup, close the lid before the screen turns on, and this will turn off the display and let it boot.
    Hope this helps!
    Mac Pro (2008), MacBook Pro (2010), Mac mini Server (2010), Mac OS X (10.6.4), Apple Certified Macintosh Technician, ACSP, ACTC
  • Robert Rodriguez Level 2 Level 2 (185 points)
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    Mar 5, 2011 5:23 PM (in response to pputnam)
    If you are using an HDMI cable, close the lid and let the computer go to sleep. Make sure HDMI is active on your TV (and the TV says "no signal"), and then plug in the adapter to your computer with the lid closed. The computer should wake up in a few seconds, and show up on your tv. Once the screen shows up on your tv, you can open the lid to use the keyboard and the picture will remain on the tv but not the screen.

    If you are not using the hdmi cable, you can still try this method, but it may not work. This is the only way I know of to get the macbook air to work in clamshell mode. Plugging in a USB keyboard or using a bluetooth keyboard or mouse doesn't seem to work like it does with the macbooks. I don't know why though.

    hope this helped

    Message was edited by: Robert Rodriguez
    Dual 1.8 G5; MBA 2010; iPhone 4, Mac OS X (10.6.6)
  • captfred Level 7 Level 7 (26,225 points)
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    Mar 5, 2011 6:55 PM (in response to pputnam)
    That's referred to as clamshell mode. Here are the specs on how:

    http://support.apple.com/kb/ht3131

    Regards,
    Captfred
    iMac 27" i7, iMac 20", Mini(2010) Server, MBPro, MBAir, iPhone 3GS, TV, iPad, Mac OS X (10.6.6)
  • Robert Rodriguez Level 2 Level 2 (185 points)
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    Mar 5, 2011 10:11 PM (in response to captfred)
    Capt. Fred, those directions haven't seemed to work with the newest MBA. At least it hasn't worked for me. They worked perfectly with my macbook, but nothing worked with the MBA. Very strange...
    Dual 1.8 G5; 1.2 iBook G4; 1.66 Duo Mini, Mac OS X (10.4.10)

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