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Macbook - Will my macbook overheat? (external display)


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or damage it in anyway if I close the lid/top of my macbook while I use an external display... Since the macbook's fans blow out heat out of the keyboard, will it not be able to cool properly?
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Actually the older iBook use to get rid of a lot of heat through the keyboard area, Powerbooks, Macbooks and Macbook Pros are designed to be able to used closed.

It will probably still get a bit warmer than normal though, so you might want to use a fan utility to cool it down a bit.
But unless you have a specific reason for closing it you might just want to leave it open and use it as an extended display (with your external monitor being your primary display).
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I use my MacBook in closed-lid mode with an external monitor all the time.

There's no issue with doing this. You will not damage your MacBook.
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I use my MB closed and on it's side(ie vent upwards) with the DVD drive pointing forwards when connected to my HD TV. It's then a fancy media center when you load up iTheatre.
It's been fine doing this for ages.

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