I have my main iMac in my kids room (little house, alas) and often I have to work late at night; I'd like to connect from my MacBook to the iMac keeping the screen black, as in sleep mode. Is there any sort of magic to achieve this? What if I plug a Mini DisplayPort cable? Will it exclude the monitor? Thanks, Guido
You might be overlooking a simpler solution: throw a sheet/blanket/whatever over the display before you walk out of the room.
Lion has the ability to do a virtual desktop from one mac to another. Maybe the following works:
- Create a second user account on the iMac, with 'sleep display' properties set.
- Make that account the active account on the iMac, and wait for it to go to sleep.
- Then use share screen on the MacBook to connect with a virtual desktop to your own account on the iMac.
I am not sure the iMac won't wake up when you virtually connect to it, but it's worth a try.