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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


    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,

  2. macrumors 6502a

    Pistol Pete

    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

    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

    I always wondered if there were some way to take a screen from an outdated/broken laptop and turn it into a monitor.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

    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

    That sucks. Oh well.

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