I want to use old laptop as display for iMac

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

  1. Cubemaster13 macrumors member

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    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

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    You could use the adapter for the monitor and Screenrecycler for the laptop.
     
  3. simsaladimbamba

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    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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