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Use G3 iBook as a Mac mini monitor?

Discussion in 'Macintosh Computers' started by Moo-Boo, Jun 5, 2005.

  1. macrumors regular

    Moo-Boo

    #1
    G'day there,


    A quick but perhaps intriguing question for you. Could I use my G3 700MHz iBook as a monitor for a Mac mini, if I decide to purchase one? That'd make the Mac mini portable enough to tote around in a bag with the iBook. Also make it cheaper than buying a new laptop. Can it be done?


    Thanks for your input and advice, as always,

    Matt
     
  2. macrumors 6502a

    Pistol Pete

    #2
    im pretty sure your ibook can onlt mirror out and not in...but im not a know it all when it comes to ibooks...
     
  3. macrumors 68000

    After G

    #3
    There might be a possibility. You might be able to use VNC to make the iBook display what is running on the Mac Mini.

    That being said, I don't know how feasible it would be to have a VNC server run on the Mac Mini at startup and then connecting to it with the iBook. And I don't know if it would run well enough to suit your needs. I would recommend a fast network connection between the iBook and the Mac Mini, at the very least, which isn't too hard if you connect the two directly.
     
  4. macrumors member

    #4
    I always wondered if there were some way to take a screen from an outdated/broken laptop and turn it into a monitor. Maybe this would be a slightly over the top project, but... maybe worth asking.
     
  5. macrumors regular

    #5
    I was looking in to the same thing about 6 months ago, as I wanted to build a Mac into my car.

    It turns out that it's far cheaper and easier to buy an in-car LCD screen (with TouchScreen) than it it to get an old laptop screen to accept input from a desktop machine.
     
  6. macrumors member

    #6
    That sucks. Oh well.
     

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