Use MBP as an additional monitor to my home desktop?

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  1. SwaGGeReR macrumors newbie

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    I need to have a dual monitor setup for my home desktop (Windows). I want to put my MBP and my home desktop monitor side-by-side, extending my windows desktop onto my MBP screen.

    My home desktop has an ATI Radeon X300, which is connected to my desktop monitor via VGA. The card also has a DVI-I female(?) port. I would guess that I need to connect my MBP to the DVI-I female(?) port with a mini DVI to DVI-I cable.

    Will this work?
     
  2. Hellhammer Moderator

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    MacBook Pros do not have video input so this is not possible. You could connect your MBP to the desktop's monitor though.
     
  3. SwaGGeReR thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Hah, but that defeats the purpose...I want to be able to use my keyboard and mouse on a native windows machine...

    Any way to do this?
     
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    You can connect your keyboard and mouse to your MBP too. If you need to run Windows, then consider Boot Camp or virtualization.
     
  5. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    Yes, just use your keyboard and mouse with a native Windows machine. You don't need your MBP in the mix to accomplish that. You can also use TeamViewer to run your Windows PC from your Mac and vice-versa.
     
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  7. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    So buy another display. You can't use your MBP screen as a display for another computer, because it doesn't have a video in port.
     
  8. getz76 macrumors 6502a

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    You could get something budget, like THIS UNIT.
     

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