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Can a macbook pro remain on while the lid is closed and be

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Can a macbook pro remain 'on' while the lid is closed and be operated with external peripherals and send the display to an hdmi TV?
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Macbook Pro's do indeed support the use of an external display while the lid is closed.

Requirements in order to do this are:
  • Plugged into AC
  • External display must be connected and working prior to closing the lid
  • An external keyboard, mouse, or trackpad must be connected.

After your Mac's Desktop appears on the external display, close the computer's lid.

In OS X Lion and later, the external display will change to a blue screen, then will show your desktop.

In Mac OS X v10.6.8 and earlier, wake the computer up by clicking the mouse button or by pressing a key on your external keyboard.

NOTE: For best results it is recommend that you put your computer to sleep before disconnecting your external display.

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