macOS App: Clamshell / Lid Closed Mode
The macOS App driver does not allow me to operate on external monitors with the laptop closed. I had to uninstall the driver and reinstall the one from November to be able to work in clamshell mode. This is glitchy in the old driver, often freezing my computer. I was hoping to see this stabilize so I wouldn't have to restart so often (almost every time I disconnect my laptop from the docking station).
macOS 12 Monterey is now released and addresses the clamshell / lid closed use case on Intel macbook computers.
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Colin J Riddell commented
This is happening for me. MacOS Monterey
Ariel Hernández Musa commented
HI !! I have a MacBook Pro with intel processor and with lid close monitors are blank on when system restarts
and is M1 mac not sure if that matters
I am running macOS 12 Monterey 12.6 and I am having this problem ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
Saiful Z commented
Does this also work for M1 Mac in clamshell mode with two displays?
Hug Lee commented
The Dell D6000 works fine with MacBook Pro 13', M1, 2020 and macOSMonterey 12.2.1.
Clamshel is ok after I upgraded the firmware of the D6000 to A04 (plugged to a windows PC).
Jay Bee commented
I've downloaded Monterey and the newest DisplayLink driver, but still will not work in clamshell. It connects, but only for about 10-15 seconds, then flashes and logs me out. It the reconnects for another 10-15 seconds and repeats.
Dean Mills commented
As long as I have the charger plugged in, Clamshell mode works for me. Running Monterey 12.1 and DisplayLink 1.6 on an Intel MacBook Air (2017 and 2020 models)
macOS Big Sur 11.5.2 just installed Displaylink 1.6 (also tried 1.2) and will not run in clamshell mode. when lid is closed the Mac goes to sleep. will wake up but continuously flashes off and goes to sleep. anything I'm missing setting wise..?
Angelo Amadei commented
Using Catalina 10.15.6, driver 5.2.5 didn't work for me until I used Amphetamine app to prevent system from shutting down when closing the lid.
Amphetamine app: https://apps.apple.com/us/app/amphetamine/id937984704?mt=12
Steps: Install, start an indefinitely session, uncheck "Allow system sleep when display is closed"
mine is no longer working in clamshell mode. I've done nothing different. any advice?
Phil E. commented
Excited to hear there's a fix for this! I'm not quite ready to upgrade to Monterey as I'm a bit nervous about potentially bricking my 2015 Macbook Pro 13.
But I figured I'd mention that the legacy 5.2.5 DisplayLink build is still working great for me with Big Sur 11.6.1.
Here's a helpful thread that led me to the temp fix: https://displaylink.org/forum/showthread.php?t=67480
Michael Thompson commented
I am on a new M1 MacBook Pro 14" w/ M1 Pro chip. I have two external displays connected to a D3100 docking station. DisplayLink Build 1.5.0 58.125 installed.
Clamshell mode works just fine, but the laptop must be plugged in via the MagSafe charger. When unplugged, the external displays go black.
Very disappointing, the solution does not address my problem. My device is one of those who have just been dropped by Apple support so will not receive version 12.
I also note the admin has marked this as "completed" when the issue isn't addressed, it's just been ignored long enough it goes away for some users. Very poor form, at least mark it as "won't fix" which is more accurate.
I guess I'll have to keep doing my workaround and make sure to tell everyone I meet how poor the displaylink support for products is for anything other than Windows.
J C commented
I can confirm that clamshell mode now works on Intel Macs under Monterey 12.0.1. But unfortunately, my MacBook now goes into kernel panic whenever it screen locks because I walked away from my desk for too long. So one thing is fixed but another is broken?
So, was there ever even development with a 3rd party? Or was it just a wait and please people with messages scenario..?
Jasper Boot commented
I upgraded to macOS Monterey, 12.0.1 and I can confirm that clamshell mode works with DisplayLink Manager 1.5.0. build 58.125 on my MacBook Pro 13-inch, 2018 (Intel).
Jasper Boot commented
Seriously, your 'fix' is to wait for a new OS to be released? Besides that, 2 words: expectation management...
I fixed mine using the following legacy driver: https://www.synaptics.com/products/displaylink-graphics/downloads/macos-5.2.5?filetype=exe