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Powerbook with broken screen - need to KEEP awake with closed screen. Help!

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I have a broken screen Powerbook G4 running OS 10.4.8. I have an external monitor hooked up. When I close the screen, it used to STAY awake and I could just use the new external monitor. Now for some reason, it goes to sleep immediately when i close the busted screen. How can I avoid it going to sleep when I close the screen? PLEASE help!~
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Try the energy saver prefs pane.
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Nothing. It's already set to 'Never' sleep when on Power Adapter. I also changed it to 'Never' for Battery. I also checked the Displays Control Panel. I see nothing in there to tell the dang thing to stay wake when the screen closes. THis used to work and for some reason, no longer does. UGH!! Please any ideas?
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As strung has links above, the Apple article should help. What type of external keyboard/mouse are you using? Bluetooth or USB?

I would also caution against this -- Apple used to warn against it too. My previous G4 PowerBook would get very warm on the surface. Part of the reason for the Aluminum design was to help cool the machine and allow heat to rise from inside and escape through the keyboard.

With my new MacBook Pro Core 2 Duo the machine can get very warm when the CPU is maxed and I would not want to have that heat trapped up against the LCD for a longer period of time. I'd look to keep it open and use the monitor control panel to disable the bad display.
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