Can you use a MacBook through a iMac screen?

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  1. Rachel C macrumors newbie

    Rachel C

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    Hello,

    I have a 13" MacBook and a 24" iMac. There's certain software I only have on the MacBook; is there a way I can connect my MacBook to the iMac so I can work on the bigger screen?

    Any advise would be much appreciated.
     
  2. yellow Moderator emeritus

    yellow

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    Nope. The video connector is video out only.
    Your best bet is to use screen sharing to control the MacBook. Your won't get a "bigger screen" (as in, more resolution), but you'll have a larger surface area to work with.
     
  3. edesignuk Moderator emeritus

    edesignuk

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    http://www.screenrecycler.com

    Not great for refresh rates as it operates over VNC which is generally pants, but it's your best and only option.
     
  4. Rachel C thread starter macrumors newbie

    Rachel C

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    Thanks, that's great. May not be optimal for resolution and speed but it is what I'm after.

    Is it any different with the MacBook Pro? An old colleague used to plug his into a PC monitor - I wasn't interested at the time but I now wonder what kind of set up he had.

    Many thanks.
     
  5. yellow Moderator emeritus

    yellow

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    You can plug a monitor into your MB, no problem. You just need the right dongle, mini-dvi to DVI or VGA.
     
  6. raremage macrumors 6502a

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    You can certainly use an external monitor (DVI or VGA) so long as you have the mini adapter.
     
  7. Rachel C thread starter macrumors newbie

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