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).
Development is in progress with a third party.
Michael Johnson commented
Thought I'd update to say that I decided to completely bail on my $350 DisplayLink dock. Went with a $70 Lention plug & play (no drivers needed) dock from Amazon and it's working like a charm, EVEN IN CLAMSHELL / CLOSED MODE!
I recommend you all do the same.
This company is a JOKE! 8 months and no update… they don’t care about their customers at all. This is not some random feature we are asking for here … we just want this now useless block of plastic to work!!
I went all the way back to Jan for comments and have not seen one update from Alban… wonder if he even works at Displaylink anymore?? I am a software developer and I’m pretty confident if I broke something and customers were upset and potentially leaving our company and still had no fix or any type of update after 8 months I probably would be let go… thanks for ignoring your customers Displaylink….
Radha. S. commented
@Alban Rampon, the last update was back in Jan, 2021. Can you please update us with when we can expect this to be available?
Radha. S. commented
Not working as of today, I've installed version 1.5.0.
C'mon hurry up with the clamshell support for intel based devices!! This is a fundamental of using external monitors with a laptop.
I agree this is UNBELIEVABLE. What even makes it worse is that people here are finding workarounds - maybe they should go work for DisplayLink.
Obviously they (DisplayLink) either don't read these comments or just don't care as they can't even provide updates. Maybe we all should just stop buying DisplayLink docks - maybe that will get them on notice - I actually returned mine last week as it was just essentially a paperweight
Still have issue after upgrading to version 1.5.0.
I can close the lid but the display goes black after a minute. Comes back and goes black again a minute later. Unbelievable this is not fixed yet.
I run Big Sur 11.4
Michael Johnson commented
Thank you Valentin and Jared! This mirroring hack is working for me, the only issue is that I have to rerun the sudo pmset command every time my system is rebooted. It's absurd that they haven't fixed this after more than a year and a half of knowing of it and 9 months of supposedly working on it, but at least this is a functional workaround, albeit a bit of a pain in the ass.
For those looking for the hack:
1 - open terminal and run `sudo pmset -a disablesleep 1`
2 - dock or connect to your external monitors
3 - open the system Displays Preferences
4 - hold the `Alt` key and drag one of the external monitors on top of the Built-in Display
5 - you'll need to rerun the terminal command every time you reboot
This is absolutely ridiculous that this is an issue. I'll go back to my $25 connector I got an Amazon that let's me work with my macbook lid closed. The fact that this is something that clearly hasn't been fixed in 8 months (at least) seems like a cruel joke.
Any progress on the clamshell functionality for Intel Macs?
Finally got around to testing. I can confirm Valentin's suggestion below is a successful workaround for me (so far anyway).
I didn't realise you could selectively choose to only mirror one screen. In the Display preference, go to the Arrangement tab. Then hold the 'Alt' key on your keyboard and drag one of your external monitors onto the built in display.
Valentin Ramirez commented
Use `sudo pmset -a disablesleep 1` then mirror the built in Retina display to one of the two displays you want to use. you are going to close the lid anyway so just make one monitor mirror the laptop screen.
let me know if this helped.
Hi there, quite disappointed, so this means developers or testers of this product have never tested it on mac with the lid closed.. just for your attention if I may, almost everybody uses mac in lid closed mode with 2 monitors (which is the reason for buying this pricey addon)
just bought today, and have to turn back..
Goraksha Nath commented
The latest update from the admin I see is on Jan 8, can we have latest update please. I just stopped ordering this, however earlier resources are complaining not being able to use clamshell using this dock
Hi. I am not an overly technical person, but I do want my two large screens working whilst my MacBook Pro is in clamshell mode. Alban, can you provide a timely update on this development enhancement please?
Hopefully this comes out soon. This is a huge deal for me also. thanks
Here the response from DisplayLink:
Clamshell mode is not yet supported on Intel based Macs, it should be working on M1 with charging plugged in.
As for the future we are right now testing it on Monterey BETA and it is working over there.
I sent a message to the company in order to have some feedback, the issue has been "started" since January 8th and we don't have any feedback from then..
Jeroen Top commented
I support the request for a working clamshell.
I see the latest admin response is from Jan 8 stating development process is on its way. I would hire a different third party
+1000 for Michael Johnson, idem, thanks Vikas it's working but as Michael said, not the best solution.
So where is the fix??? Frankly it shouldn't be so difficult to code it. I can help if you need help.