hooking up Macbook with Dell

geologist22

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Jul 26, 2007
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Hey everyone, I have a Macbook and a Dell desktop with speakers. I was wondering if its possible to hook up my laptop to the tower of the desktop, the monitor of the desktop, and the speakers? Or which of these can i do? I would like to keep using my desktop, and it would be nice to be able to use the speakers and sub with my laptop. What do I need to do this? Thanks so much.
 

GMacDaddyTPO

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Jul 21, 2007
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I don't really understand the question, or at least, don't understand where the desktop comes into the mix.

If you eliminate the Dell, you can hook up the speakers just fine (into the headphone jack), and the display with the proper Mini DVI to whatever connection cable.

Good luck.
 

volvoben

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Feb 7, 2007
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I don't really understand the question either...but working with what I can gather from it,

-sharing the monitor requires either unplugging the vga/dvi cable from the dell and hooking it up to the macbook via a mini dvi->vga/dvi cable, or, if the monitor has 2 inputs, hooking up both computers and using the input selection button on the monitor.

-sharing the speakers: unplug from the dell, unless you're referring to a real stereo with multiple inputs.

-by 'hooking up the tower to the mb', i'm going to modify your question to mean 'how do i share files between the 2 computers'. Set up a network, which i assume you already have if you plan on using 2 computers at once (network means you have a router (wired or wireless) or switch etc. that both computers are attached to), then share files between the systems. There are plenty of tutorials on this all over the place. you can also share printers easily this way.

Overall, it's not hard to use 2 systems, you just can't magically make them somehow share all your peripherals. sharing the monitor if it has multiple inputs is a good and easy move, but with things like audio and multiple computers you're better off with a real stereo with multiple inputs and real sound.
 

volvoben

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Feb 7, 2007
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i was wondering if I could use my tower as an external hard drive
You can share folders on the tower's HDDs on the network and access/read/write to them, yes. This is not exactly an 'external hard drive' though, just a mounted share that's typically slower (still plenty quick for most things though, including watching video etc., especially with gigabit). essentially you'll be using the tower as a server.