New To Mac-Forums?

Welcome to our community! Join the discussion today by registering your FREE account. If you have any problems with the registration process, please contact us!

Get your questions answered by community gurus • Advice and insight from world-class Apple enthusiasts • Exclusive access to members-only contests, giveaways and deals

Join today!

Start a Discussion

Mac-Forums Brief

Subscribe to Mac-Forums Brief to receive special offers from Mac-Forums partners and sponsors

Join the conversation RSS
Apple Notebooks Apple's notebook computers including MacBook Pro, MacBook, MacBook Air, PowerBook, and iBook.

MacBook - clamshell mode getting funky..

Post Reply New Thread Subscribe

Thread Tools

macbook&cube's Avatar
Member Since: Jan 14, 2009
Posts: 2
macbook&cube is on a distinguished road

macbook&cube is offline
hi everyone!
since this is my first post, allow me to giggle.
Now, the problem...
my macbook has always behaved before i started messing around with the screen settings for my sony sxrd60" tv. yes, it is big. yes, i am using the dvi-hdmi plug. for troubleshooting, i have already switched the hdmi ports on the tv to make it work( this includes hooking up the PS3 to see if i blew the hdmi port...), but it gives me a blank screen when i go into clamshell mode..
1. i am using a bluetooth mac keyboard and a usb windows mouse.
2. i replaced the hdmi cable.
3. i snagged my g4 cubes cinema display and make sure the macbook dvi plug still worked. it does.
what i discovered was, when the screen was flipped up, you can use both screens!!! After tinkering with that, and getting the resolutions correct on BOTH screens, the t.v. or laptop screen, i then "close" -clamshell- the macbook. the tv goes blank. the computer logo light turns off. i then can't wake up the computer after that. opening it up, smacking the keyboard, hucking the mouse, nothing...!!! i just had apple replace my hard drive( thanks apple) and there is a clean install of os x 10.4.11 on it...
is there some prefs.pane file that is corrupt??
.....what am i missing besides my marbles?!?!?
QUOTE Thanks

macbook&cube's Avatar
Member Since: Jan 14, 2009
Posts: 2
macbook&cube is on a distinguished road

macbook&cube is offline
well, i tried a different mouse. it seems my keyboard has stopped working. i am charging the batteries.... i realize that clamshell will not work unless a mouse and keyboard are present!! haha the microsoft mouse sucks!!! i had to use the mac mouse to get it to work with the keyboard on the laptop.
QUOTE Thanks

THeBadMonkey's Avatar
Member Since: Sep 22, 2008
Location: Leeds
Posts: 108
THeBadMonkey is on a distinguished road
Mac Specs: Black Macbook: 2.4 ghz dual core 4gb Ram 250gb Hdd

THeBadMonkey is offline
Is it a Macbook or a macbook pro? As far as I aware only the pro will work with the top closed natively.

However try getting hold of an app called InsomniaX enable this and it will never go to sleep until you disable it of course.

Try doing the hookup now.
QUOTE Thanks

Member Since: Dec 06, 2006
Posts: 18
foxwelljsly is on a distinguished road

foxwelljsly is offline
A white Macbook will work in clamshell mode out of the box. AT YOUR OWN RISK - As I don't know whether Apple have failed to document this as it caused oveheating in testing (FWIW, I have been running mine in clamshell mode all the time with no additional fan noise).

First select mirrored displays (F7 IIRC) then; close the lid, wait until it's gone to sleep and press a few buttons on the remote OR unplug the mini dvi plug, close the lid, wait for it to go to sleep and reinsert the mini-dvi plug. Either should wake the machine up with only the secondary display active.

However, I'm not sure a Macbook will support your TV's native resolution. I have started an, as yet, unanswered thread about this. you'd need to create a custom resolution using something like SRX, but how you establish what custom resolutions are supported, is something I have yet to establish.

Let me know what happens when you plug the TV in this way.
QUOTE Thanks

brady1027's Avatar
Member Since: Feb 02, 2008
Posts: 85
brady1027 is on a distinguished road

brady1027 is offline
I had the same problem when i connected and external display. I bought a wireless mighty mouse and changed the preference under keyboard and mouse that says "allow bluetooth devices to wake this computer" it then worked for me quite well, hope this helps..

MacBook Pro 2.7 GHZ Core i7 4Gb Ram 500 GB Hard Drive
QUOTE Thanks

Post Reply New Thread Subscribe

« Completely new to Mac - Question! | animation with MacBook Pro »
Thread Tools

Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts
BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are Off
Forum Jump

Similar Threads
Thread Starter
Last Post
Stuck in clamshell mode? dmnd Apple Notebooks 7 06-03-2011 01:24 AM
MBP Clamshell Mode w/ External Monitor mushion22 Apple Notebooks 5 11-16-2008 03:16 PM
slow internet for MacBook in clamshell mode after 10.5.3 daoming OS X - Operating System 2 06-11-2008 04:57 PM
Clamshell mode and my new monitor husky123 Apple Notebooks 3 04-25-2008 11:05 PM
Monitor Sleep Issue (not another clamshell mode question) powergen05 Apple Notebooks 1 01-23-2008 05:41 PM

All times are GMT -4. The time now is 04:46 PM.

Powered by vBulletin
Copyright ©2000 - 2015, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.

Welcome to

Create your username to jump into the discussion!

New members like you have made this community the ultimate source for your Mac since 2003!

(4 digit year)

Already a member?