Desktop as monitor?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by slotcarbob, Dec 19, 2006.

  1. slotcarbob macrumors member

    Jun 4, 2006
    Any way to use an iMac G5 as a second monitor, with a MacBook Pro?
  2. iW00t macrumors 68040


    Nov 7, 2006
    Defenders of Apple Guild
  3. mad jew Moderator emeritus

    mad jew

    Apr 3, 2004
    Adelaide, Australia
    In reality, it's not terribly user friendly, fast or efficient though. Hopefully it'll be good enough. :)
  4. matticus008 macrumors 68040


    Jan 16, 2005
    Bay Area, CA
    Also, as far as I know it only mirrors your desktop, so it's not so much a second monitor as a larger duplicate of the first.
  5. Anonymous Freak macrumors 603

    Anonymous Freak

    Dec 12, 2002
    Screen Recycler

    There's a goofy utility called "ScreenRecycler" that uses the VNC protocol to extend your desktop. Basically, you run the software as a server on your 'main' Mac, and run any VNC client software on the 'spare' computer (Mac, Windows, Linux, PalmOS, whatever,) and ScreenRecycler makes the connected computer appear as an extra monitor in the Displays preference pane.

    Beware, though, even over a 100Mbit Ethernet or FireWire 400 connection, it won't be as fast as the demo on their website shows. I don't have two Gigabit machines to test with, but based on the speed of a FireWire 400 connection, I still wouldn't expect it to be as smooth as they show. (Playing a 320x240 movie, I get MAYBE 1 frame per second over FireWire.) But, looking at their website now, they specifically mention that my VNC client of choice is slow. I may have to try a different client. AND, it looks like newer releases are faster. I'll have to download and try it again!

    edit/update: Wow, yeah. Running the latest version of ScreenRecycler, and running VNCThing instead of Chicken of the VNC on the client makes a world of difference. It's actually usable now! And, I just realized I'm only running over 802.11g, not even 100 Megabit Ethernet, so this is incredible! Movies aren't perfect, but they are watchable, even over the slower wireless connection!

    I'm going to have to try this over a FireWire connection!

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