Can i use an old laptop as a 2nd screen for my macbook

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  1. M4CBOOK macrumors regular

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    is it possible to connect my macbook to my old 98' windoze, and use its screen as a secondary display.
     
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    i don't think your windows laptop has a video input port (not aware of any laptops that do), so there would be no way of outputting your macbook's video onto the pc.
     
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    If it has an input like a regular monitor (which is seriously doubt it has), you've answered your own question.
     
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    It does have a video input and a video output
     
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    So then plug in a video cable between your macbook and your win-laptop, and set up how you want to use it in display preferences.
     
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    I'm wondering, does the OP need to click the box for mirror displays?
     
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    That depends on if they want to mirror displays :p
     
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    Sorry, I'm not seeing a video input there. Which port there do you believe is the video input jack?
     
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  13. motulist macrumors 601

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    Exactly what type of video input do you think that is, a VGA input port? I don't think any laptops ever came with a VGA input port. Regardless, as others have said, that's almost certainly a serial port, not a video input port.

    However, depending on what you want to use it for, there is still sort of a way. You could add a cheap video capture device onto your laptop which would turn your old laptop into a fuzzy 640 x 480 monitor. It wouldn't be useful for much, but if you were just looking for more screen real estate to throw palettes onto or just a place to throw unused windows, then it might be useful.
     
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    off topic but nice avatar e! lol, another forum i frequent alot has a prominent member that uses this one

    now im gonna be confused to what forum im on as i usually always have them side by side in tabs :p
     

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    I'm not super familiar with old non-Mac ports, but here are the ports as I see them. Wikipedia says that VGA video output devices use the female connector, so the port I labeled is a VGA output port. The similarly shaped male port on the left of the picture is a serial port because it has fewer pins than VGA.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/VGA
     

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    You could always extend your desktop to another machine using Synergy but it'd probably be a real hassle with an old lappy.

    I had it working very nicely between my iMac and MacBook though.
     
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    OK ITS A SERIAL PORT. is their any other way to use the screen as a secondary display
     
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    See my post above. You can use a video capture device to turn it into a low quality 640 x 480 display. I doubt an old laptop would be able to use a hi-def video capture device even just for real time display of the input rather than actual video capture.
     
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    none that i'm aware. and even if there were, i'm sure the solution would be too much effort and too much cost than it's worth.
     
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    I want to be able to drag windows from my mac to my pc screen
     
  21. motulist macrumors 601

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    Let's rewind a little here. It sounds like your real objective is to have a 2nd display for your mac while spending little to no money. Is that correct?
     
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    Okay. Is space an issue? If not then you can get CRT monitors for free all over the place.
     
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    No
     
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    Could you possibly be less conversational and unhelpful in your responses???

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