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    Using A Closed Powerbook WITHOUT an External Monitor?

    In my car i have all the hookups I need and I want to use salling clicker on my Pocket PC phone as my controller (that means no keyboard, mouse, or monitor/touchscreen) i want to keep the amount of hardware at a minimum. Keeping the Powerbook closed is obviously easier to store, but i cant find any applications that make it possible to wake it (or keep it awake) with the lid closed. anybody know of anything that does the trick?

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    867 mhz Powerpc G4


    thanks!

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    not possible with software, hardware moddification to mke it work is the only way. which sucks.
    Cant code cause I dont know how, but give me the paint bucket and my eraser and have at you!

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    Quote Originally Posted by ghettocruzer View Post
    I was gung ho on building a PC [until] just recently. However, between my new phone having internet and GPS and all...and this kit...Im starting to have trouble justfiying it haha.
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    check what ehurtley says.. from another Mac forum:
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    One thing people don't seem to realize is that for lid-closed mode to work, you MUST be plugged in to power.

    But, as long as you've got power and external video, it will wake up (and stay awake,) just fine from Bluetooth (and, on the MBP, using the Front Row remote as well.)

    I have gotten my MBP to wake up over Bluetooth from the Apple combo, as well as from a Salling Clicker-based Palm and cell phone, and from a third-party Bluetooth mouse. As long as you have 'Allow Bluetooth devices to wake this computer' checked in the Bluetooth preference pane, you should be fine.

    From the MacBook Pro User's Guide, pages 69-70:
    Using Your MacBook Pro with the Display Closed
    You can use your MacBook Pro with the display closed if the computer is connected to
    an external monitor, keyboard, and mouse.

    Important: To use your MacBook Pro with the display closed, the power adapter must
    be plugged into the MacBook Pro and a functioning power outlet.
    To operate your computer with an external monitor attached and the display closed:
    1 Connect a USB keyboard and mouse to your MacBook Pro.
    2 Connect the power adapter to the MacBook Pro and a power outlet. Check that the power adapter light is on.
    3 Close the MacBook Pro display to put the computer to sleep.
    4 Follow the steps in the previous section to connect your MacBook Pro to an external display.
    5 Wait a few seconds and then press any key on the external keyboard to wake the MacBook Pro.


    It also mentions that the Apple Remote can wake up the MacBook Pro, but while it doesn't specifically mention that Bluetooth devices will wake it up for lid-closed operation, I can confirm from personal testing that it does work.
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    Well maybe you have to connect an external monitor... but it's the thing you dont' wanto to do...

    My suggestion is to buy a low cost, non touch car VGA monitor and connect it to your MacBook pro or powerbook... or just a Car TV receiver with composite input may work...

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    wow cool. i wonder if it would work on older laptops as well. good to know, good find.
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    Quote Originally Posted by pepsibobby View Post
    wow cool. i wonder if it would work on older laptops as well. good to know, good find.
    PowerBook G3 and G4 (Titanium) could be used with lid closed.

    I do not think it is necessary to connect the actual display to the PowerBook. DVI->VGA display alone might do the trick.

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    Sweet! Good to know.
    Quote Originally Posted by ghettocruzer View Post
    I was gung ho on building a PC [until] just recently. However, between my new phone having internet and GPS and all...and this kit...Im starting to have trouble justfiying it haha.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jirka Jirout View Post
    PowerBook G3 and G4 (Titanium) could be used with lid closed.

    I do not think it is necessary to connect the actual display to the PowerBook. DVI->VGA display alone might do the trick.
    do you mean using the adapter that came with it to fool the laptop?

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    Quote Originally Posted by synthetikid View Post
    do you mean using the adapter that came with it to fool the laptop?
    Yes

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