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

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  1. chris7777 macrumors 6502

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    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

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  3. elfxmilhouse macrumors 6502

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    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

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    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

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    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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