Old MacBook as New MacBook monitor

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by studiotrujillo, Jun 16, 2016.

  1. studiotrujillo macrumors newbie


    Jun 16, 2016
    I recently got the new MacBook Pro 15 running the latest OS.
    I still have my older MacBook and it's so old, '09 running 10.6. and she still has some life left in her.
    I know they can be connected- but for the life of my I can't seem to find out how I can use the old one as an extra monitor! I am in Spain and it is a little tricky to get help over here and couldn't find anything on Google. Anyone that can help with this would be incredible.
    I have a thunderbolt cable- went from mini-vid to thunderbolt on the new. Nothing.
    Thank you!
  2. JTToft macrumors 68040

    Apr 27, 2010
    Aarhus, Denmark
    Can't be done, sorry. The Mini DisplayPort on the old 2009 will only output video, not accept incoming video.
  3. robvas macrumors 68030

    Mar 29, 2009
    You can do it with software like AirDisplay or Screen Recycler

    But a monitor is like $100...
  4. jerryk macrumors 68040

    Nov 3, 2011
    SF Bay Area
    Definitely. I bought a 24" Asus monitor that directly supports HDMI, DVI, and VGA for under $100.

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