Staying connected when notebook is closed???

Question

I have been a PC user for the past ten or so years and have just recently purchased a powerbook G4 to help me with my schoolwork for graphic design. I've had it for about two months, and have been pretty familiar with the operating system since that is what school has. Anyway... I have one thing that I can't figure out, if it can be done at all.

Well, with my old PC, when I was doing anything like using AIM or downloading something, or just anything, when I closed the notebook the programs would keep running. I know with some PC's there is a setting to where you can do this, or have the computer go to sleep, whichever you prefer. With my Mac it is automatically set for the computer to go to sleep, or I'm guessing this is what it does. I know where the preferences menu is and I messed with the energy saver settings, but I can't figure out how to keep my programs running while the notebook is closed. Like, when I have AIM running, when I close my notebook and then re-open it again it acts like it is just connecting to the Internet.

So..... anyway, my question is this, can I set my notebook so that it doesn't do this and if so how do I do it?

Answer

This question was answered on December 9, 2004. Much of the information contained herein may have changed since posting.

As far as I know I think a Mac powerbook wil run when closed if u use an external monitor, mouse and keyboard Ibooks can't run atall with the lid closed but powerbooks should be able to It's worth noting however, that there may be problems with generating heat.

I also vaguely remember a program called sleepless (used with OS X) that may do the job Try googling for it.

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Posted by Christopher of Katharine Gibbs School - New York on December 9, 2004