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uintaangler

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If I hook up an NEC monitor as an external display- how do I get the monitor on my IMac to shut itself off - without me shutting the entire computer off
I will be using the NEC as my new display and there is no need to have the iMac running as it sits behind the new display where I can't see it anyway
Thanks,
Bob
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You could futz with Energy saver so the screen goes dark after a fixed time but I don't know you can totally power it down as you can with the external. I too have an NEC and when I'm not using it, but have other stuff going on (backing up, uploading files) I just turn it off using the blue switch in front. FWIW, I found it uses about 110 watts while on (PA271).
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If I hook up an NEC monitor as an external display- how do I get the monitor on my IMac to shut itself off - without me shutting the entire computer off
I will be using the NEC as my new display and there is no need to have the iMac running as it sits behind the new display where I can't see it anyway
Thanks,
Bob

Afaik, Apple has never made this possible.  You can disconnect the display internally (and permanently), but there is no solution built into OS X that will dim or extinguish the iMac display while keeping the external monitor going.  Some recommend using the utility Shades.  Don't know anything about it.

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