View Full Version : Use a laptop as a monitor for Mac Mini?

Gary King
Sep 22, 2005, 10:10 PM
Can I use a laptop as the monitor for a Mac Mini? If so, how?

mad jew
Sep 22, 2005, 10:12 PM
Not really. Sorry. It'd be much easier to get a cheap Dell LCD or something. :)

Sep 22, 2005, 10:28 PM
impossible or prohibitively difficult/expensive. Take your pick

Sep 22, 2005, 10:30 PM
kind of, vnc would let you "sort of" do it

katie ta achoo
Sep 22, 2005, 10:32 PM
kind of, vnc would let you "sort of" do it

but it'd be all.. slow.

your best bet is a cheap screen from somewhere.

mad jew
Sep 22, 2005, 10:33 PM
kind of, vnc would let you "sort of" do it

True, but it would be unnecessarily slow, not to mention slightly convoluted to set up compared to getting a new display. :)

Sep 22, 2005, 10:40 PM
Would VNC be too slow it they're connected through 100 T base ethernet? Not wireless? At 1024x768? With 256 colors?

When I used VNC, it was at 1440x900 millions of colors wireless, and it was very slow, but feasible... What if he did that?

Sep 22, 2005, 10:51 PM
100Mb ethernet != 4x AGP Bus

i was just pointing out the option.

I agree with above posts, if its your primary machine, spend a few $ on a display and enjoy the mini.

Sep 22, 2005, 10:51 PM
No, it's easier than that. Just buy an analog->digital converter. Use the video adapter on the mini and plug that into converter, then plug the converter into the laptop, then use something to watch the DV stream (like iChat). For just a few hundred dollars, you'd have a system that was at least 10% as good as a flat-screen LCD costing... a few hundred dollars.

Seriously: buy a monitor, or be content with pretty slow VNC speeds, esp. as you'd likely be wanting to get them connected wirelessly.