can a laptop be used as a portable monitor for a mac mini

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by chris7777, Jan 11, 2010.

  1. chris7777 macrumors 6502

    Nov 27, 2008
    I know this is a little strange but my business partner wants to see if he can get a mac mini, and hook it up through his pc laptop, using it as the monitor.

    Is this sort of thing even possible?

    He mentioned using a laptop docking station, but I just don't know if its possible

    We are working on an animation, and trying to be as cheap as possible, about it.
  2. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere


    May 16, 2008
  3. elfxmilhouse macrumors 6502a

    Oct 15, 2008
    Northeast USA
    the only solution i know of is vnc
    wont be good for animation since the refresh rate wont be ideal.

    but i remember a program that allowed a "second" display to be added over the network using a driver. it was windows only unfortunately (both client and server side). I'd imagine the performance to be similar to the vnc solution.
  4. flopticalcube macrumors G4


    Sep 7, 2006
    In the velcro closure of America's Hat
    You could use something like a VNC client but the results won't be great, particularly for something like animation. Does the laptop have any video input options?
  5. chris7777 thread starter macrumors 6502

    Nov 27, 2008

    I'll have to look into vnc., but IU didn't much think it would either, I just wanted to make sure instead of saying no and be wrong about it.

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