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Closing lid


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I would like to close the lid without it going to sleep, i want the screen to turn off, there is no need to refresh the LCD when i am connected with a USB keyboard and mouse and a Sony 19' screen.


Debiant by way of Ubuntu
not sure - but wouldn't you have to interfere with the micro-switch?

I can see exactly what your need is though - should depend on the video provision I would imagine - you want to look at the display properties, if you can disable the one on board then you should be able to send it to sleep - mine seems to have an option on CTRL ALT F11..... but then it's an e-Machines


I may actually be insane.
The iBook releases heat up through the keyboard, it's really not a good idea to try and close it whilst it's running... unless you like kernel panics of course.


I may actually be insane.
Options you could consider:

1. Just lower the brightness on the iBook, hold F1 until you can barely see what's going on.

2. Use screen spanning doctor (http://www.rutemoeller.com/mp/ibook/ibook_e.html) to enable multi monitor support on the iBook, therefore not having to turn it off.

3. Use an Apple Script which is supposed to be safer than the above patch (http://www.macosxhints.com/article.php?story=20030727112641398) however I've never tried either, and therefore can't vouch for them either working or being safe. (although apparently, if it does go tits up, you can fix it.)

4. Use Sleepless (http://www.alxsoft.com/mac/sleepless.html) to make the iBook stay awake when closed, as mentioned before (and on the sleepless site) it can cause heat problems.

I'll keep a look out for any other options though :)

(edit) this seems to be exactly what you're after.. but it does seem a pain in the ****, especially if you want to do it frequently

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