Can I use my 2012 MBP as a 2nd monitor for my Mac Pro?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by JT3Jon, Nov 10, 2012.

  1. JT3Jon macrumors member

    Dec 20, 2008
    Anyone know if its possible to use my 2012 Macbook pro (regular, not retina) as a 2nd monitor for my 2009 8-core Mac Pro? If it a software solution, the Mac pro is running 10.6.8 while my Macbook pro is dual boot to run 10.7 or 10.8.

    I plan on using it as a 2nd monitor while writing music, so it would host instruments, audio meters, etc. I would love to have it be as "lag free" as possible but it wont be doing anything graphic intensive.

    Thanks in advance for any solutions you can recommend.
  2. T5BRICK macrumors G3


    Aug 3, 2006
  3. JT3Jon thread starter macrumors member

    Dec 20, 2008
    In a perfect world I would pick up a 2nd monitor, but unfortunately I do not have the desk space. I keep my laptop on a separate stand near me while I work, and just thought it would be nice if it was able to do double duty.

    Thanks for the link. I found that program too when I google searched too and will be trying it tonight. Hopefully others will chime in on how this works and if its the best solution or if there are others.

    Thanks again.
  4. JT3Jon thread starter macrumors member

    Dec 20, 2008
    looks like that software doesn't work in 64-bit kernel! :(
  5. ender78 macrumors 6502

    Jan 9, 2005
    There are plenty of creative solutions for mounting monitors. Ever consider a wall mount or an arm attached to your desk/wall?
  6. snaky69 macrumors 603

    Mar 14, 2008
    No. All video ports on a Mac Laptop are outputs, and are in no way shape or form connected to the internal display.

    This has been beaten to death in a lot of threads, a search of the forum would've brought this up easily.
  7. old-wiz macrumors G3

    Mar 26, 2008
    West Suburban Boston Ma
  8. JT3Jon thread starter macrumors member

    Dec 20, 2008
    They have a beta for 64-bit screen recycler and it works GREAT!! HIGHLY recommended!! For $30 (which is less than the cost of a monitor mount) I can use my laptop which is sitting next to me for email / ichat anyway as a 2nd monitor. AWESOME!!

    p.s. it works with apples built in screen sharing seemingly just fine, so no need to also purchase JollyfastVNC.

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