I have an LG 4K display connected via USBC-HDMI cable. After turning it off physically with the button it remains active in MacBook Pro 16 settings and I can move the mouse there. It happens also when connected via Apple adapter + HDMI-HDMI cable.

And it's working fine when connected via USBC-DP cable. When turning off the display, Mac switching to the internal display only mode.

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The USB-C ports on most MacBook Pro laptops all natively output a DisplayPort signal. Most are Thunderbolt 3 though there are a few that are only USB with Alternate Mode display. So, when you go from that USB-C port to HDMI, you're converting the signals. That signal may stay high because the conversion isn't "clean." This is why I always recommend using an active adapter that will recreate the signal versus a passive one that just "rearranges the signals." I believe that will sort your issue as well.

However, on a DisplayPort input on a monitor, there's no conversion - the signal is clean. So, when you turn it off, it's off. If you can use DisplayPort, then I recommend that over HDMI There's no conversion and it's a better signal.

What you're seeing is just one of the many idiosyncrasies of HDMI. If you're going from a HDMI source to an HDMI end device (monitor/TV), it works fairly well. However, the moment you have to convert, that's where things start to go sideways.

  • Thank you, Allan. Unfortunately, I can't use the HDMI cable, as it does not support DSC for 144hz. I need it for the Windows machine. Commented Nov 2, 2020 at 18:25

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