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    Calypso
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    Using an ibook with the top closed?
    I want to use my ibook hooked up to a keyboard/mouse/monitor, and I was wondering if it's possible to still use it with a monitor hooked up while the top is closed? Are there any options that prevents the ibook from going to sleep when you close the lid?

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    I seriously don't recommend doing that - how can it stay cool?

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    You can do it although it could get pretty hot

    What you do is hookup the external monitor, keyboard and mouse

    close the iBook lid so while its on so it goes to sleep and then use the external mouse buttons or keyboard to wake the iBook into the external monitor
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    Isn't it supposed to be cooled using the bottom surface of the laptop?
    It should be a big deal if you close it
    Anyway if it burns out just let us know

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    Taken directly from Apple's support section:

    TITLE
    iBook (Dual USB): Using Computer With Lid Closed

    Article ID:
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    8/29/01
    12/2/03

    TOPIC

    You should not close the display lid of an iBook (Dual USB) computer while using an external keyboard and monitor.

    DISCUSSION

    You should not close the display lid of an iBook (Dual USB) computer while using an external keyboard and monitor. The iBook (Dual USB) computer should go to sleep when the display lid is closed. Under certain circumstances, however, the iBook (Dual USB) may not enter sleep mode when the display lid is closed.

    You should not operate your iBook (Dual USB) computer with the lid closed.
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