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Macbook - External monitor management drives me crazy


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I really dislike the way OS X (and specifically my MacBook) handles an external monitor.

Unless I am missing something, if I want to use JUSt my external monitor, I have to plug in my monitor, close my display (putting my computer to sleep and disconnecting me from the internet), plug-in a USB device (to wake the computer), and then open the MB.

Windows got this right, with a preferences pane that lets you easily disable/enable various displays. Or more importanly, press function+F(some number) to turn off one display or the other.
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Umm, if you just want to use your external monitor, you don't need to open the MacBook again. I'm sitting here right now with my MacBook closed on the desk in front of me as I type this.

It's just a different way of doing things: I agree, though, that other notebooks have a way of handling this that doesn't involve losing your wireless connection.
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Umm, if you just want to use your external monitor, you don't need to open the MacBook again. I'm sitting here right now with my MacBook closed on the desk in front of me as I type this.

It's just a different way of doing things: I agree, though, that other notebooks have a way of handling this that doesn't involve losing your wireless connection.
Just figured this out today. Up till now I have plugged in the monitor and left the macbook open. This meant meant the external looked crappy. Shut the lid, hit the keyboard and bang, monitor looks right mac wakes up.

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Umm, if you just want to use your external monitor, you don't need to open the MacBook again. I'm sitting here right now with my MacBook closed on the desk in front of me as I type this.

It's just a different way of doing things: I agree, though, that other notebooks have a way of handling this that doesn't involve losing your wireless connection.
But I would prefer to keep it open to have better airflow.

More importantly, as you said, again it has to go to sleep first.
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The airflow on the MacBook is through the vents on the back near the hinge. These remain clear whether the screen is open or closed.

The iBook vents through the keyboard; the MacBook doesn't.

I run my MacBook in closed mode for hours on end and it never gets unreasonably warm.
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