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mvalenstein
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2005-06-27, 10:13

I understand that this may be a basic question but:

If I had a powerbook and bought a external display, would I have to use the powerbook's keyboard and touchpad as the control devices, or would I be able to use a seperate mouse and keyboard to make things easier?
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2005-06-27, 10:31

You would be able to use an external mouse and keyboard (by using the USB slots on the laptop) on either the powerbook or ibook.
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Brad
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2005-06-27, 10:39

Also, the PowerBooks support "clamshell mode" by which you can close it and run with an external display, keyboard, and mouse.

How to use your PowerBook G4 with the display closed

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mvalenstein
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2005-06-27, 11:23

Thanks, that clamshell thing is exactly what I was looking for!
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2005-06-27, 13:48

Make sure you open the display a little to prevent the computer from overheating in clamshell mode. I use clamshell mode all the time and my powerbook gets pretty hott but opening the screen fixes the problem.
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flail
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2005-06-27, 15:19

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Originally Posted by Brad
Also, the PowerBooks support "clamshell mode" by which you can close it and run with an external display, keyboard, and mouse.

How to use your PowerBook G4 with the display closed
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Make sure you open the display a little to prevent the computer from overheating in clamshell mode. I use clamshell mode all the time and my powerbook gets pretty hott but opening the screen fixes the problem.
Hmm, I just bought a display for my 12" PB, wanted to clamshell it...

Brad: Do you agree with Frizz? Is is just a precaution or would it really be damaging to the PB or the PB screen to have it running in clamshell mode?
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2005-06-27, 15:34

If your PB will be sitting on a desk then, yes, I would agree with frizz.

I have an iCurve and it helps keep my PB cool when running in clamshell mode.
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BlueRabbit
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2005-06-27, 17:27

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Hmm, I just bought a display for my 12" PB, wanted to clamshell it...

Brad: Do you agree with Frizz? Is is just a precaution or would it really be damaging to the PB or the PB screen to have it running in clamshell mode?
If you're using your PB on a wireless network, it's probably a good idea to open the lid a bit anyways - in my case, it improves Airport reception noticeably. About the computer heating up, the 12" PB has a small space between the computer and lid when closed, so that should help to dissipate heat a bit.
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mvalenstein
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2005-06-27, 18:48

Alright, keeping the lid open I shall do. Can anyone recommend a good large widescreen display, that I could probably get a good deal on. I was thinking about the Dell 2005FPW. Does anyone have experience using this with their powerbook or other mac computer?
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katori
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2005-06-27, 21:07

Can iBooks also do this? The Apple support page seems to say that it can't, but I've also heard about screen spanning hacks and drivers for trackpad scrolling, so...
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rasmits
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2005-06-27, 21:10

I always keep my 12" PowerBook's lid closed, and it never over-heats.
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2005-06-27, 23:16

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Alright, keeping the lid open I shall do. Can anyone recommend a good large widescreen display, that I could probably get a good deal on. I was thinking about the Dell 2005FPW. Does anyone have experience using this with their powerbook or other mac computer?
I have a 12" PB with the 2005FPW - great setup, love the combination.

I'd recommend the 2005FPW on one of those $400-$500 sales that Dell seems to run every couple weeks.
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