I want to use old laptop as display for iMac

Discussion in 'iMac' started by Cubemaster13, Mar 25, 2013.

  1. Cubemaster13 macrumors member

    Nov 14, 2010
    Fort Wayne, Indiana
    So my old set up before I acquired my new 27" iMac consisted of a crappy Dell laptop and an even crappier Gateway monitor.

    My goal is to be able to use both as a display for my iMac. As far as I know, all I need to use the Gateway monitor is a Mini Displayport male to VGA female and a VGA cord.

    In terms of the laptop, my idea was to just plug in a VGA splitter into the previously mentioned adapter and plugging the monitor into one connector and the laptop into the other, but I have a funny feeling that is not going to work.

    In short, is there a somewhat simple way of doing this?
  2. MisterKeeks macrumors 68000


    Nov 15, 2012
    You could use the adapter for the monitor and Screenrecycler for the laptop.
  3. simsaladimbamba

    Nov 28, 2010
    Since the Dell notebook will most likely not have a video input, a VGA splitter is not going to work. With the Dell you need something like AirDisplay.

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