Use my old laptops display as a second one?

heaven

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Jun 20, 2004
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Hey!

What I wanted to know: I have a Samsung X10 14" laptop (Windows) in my room. I am not using it, so I was wondering if it would be somehow possible to use my laptops display as a second display for my powerbook with some software.

I hope you could understand my question.

Thx in advance for the replies.
 

heaven

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Jun 20, 2004
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Thx,

But is there something else more user friendly?
 

ChrisBrightwell

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Not unless you're willing to shell out cash for a TV adapter for the Windows laptops and settle for low-res grainy display on it (via the Powerbook's S-Video output).

You're wanting to inject something into a closed system that was never intended to be used in the way that you want to use it. It's not supposed to be easy.

Granted -- I'd love to see the next wave of Powerbooks feature an A/V input (so I could use my Gamecube or DVD Player w/ the LCD and speakers), but it's so far down on my list of requirements that it's almost a non-issue.
 

TDM21

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I'm not sure that is what you need. SDE3k sounds alot like VNC. Each computer is still using their own display.

What you want is a program like Maxivista http://www.maxivista.com/. Unfortunately I have not found a program like this for Mac.
 

ChrisBrightwell

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heaven said:
Does anyone know something like this cross platform?
The closest I think you're going to get is what I pointed you to earlier. The technical complications of doing this between Windows and OS X seem too numerous to be worthwhile.
 

Huked on Fonick

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Wire it?

Id imagine you could probably open it up and jury rig the display to a VGA cable to. I imagine it would be hard to do but technally possible. Would ruin ur pc laptop.
 

Huked on Fonick

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ChrisBrightwell said:
Depends on how nimble you are with the soldering iron. ;)
Cant soder to plastic ribbions(which is what the display is probably connected to the Gcard/mobo with). Would have to very carefully tape it somehow....id be real tuff. But i dont see why it couldent be done.
 

ChrisBrightwell

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Huked on Fonick said:
Cant soder to plastic ribbions(which is what the display is probably connected to the Gcard/mobo with). Would have to very carefully tape it somehow....id be real tuff. But i dont see why it couldent be done.
Trace the pins that the ribbon connects to. Solder there.

It can be done. I've done it. But it's not easy.

And no, I don't have pictures. It was a project for a friend's laptop.