Use uMBP as a monitor?

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  1. TheBritishBloke macrumors 68030

    TheBritishBloke

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    I'm wanting to hook up a computer and use my MBP as the monitor, it's only so I can change some settings and then have it running on the network. Is this possible?

    P.S. I'm currently in my home in Germany, where I have 3 laptops and 0 Desktops. So I don't have direct access to a monitor... Unless I steal one from work. Lol
     
  2. rowsdower macrumors 6502

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    Once it is set up you can use a remote desktop program (e.g. VNC), but there is no way to use the MBP as a monitor directly.
     
  3. nigameash macrumors 6502

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    you cant use the umbp or any mb/mbp as an external monitor
     
  4. TheBritishBloke thread starter macrumors 68030

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    Problem is. It doesn't even have an OS on it yet :p
     
  5. screensaver400 macrumors 6502a

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    Yeah, you'll need an actual keyboard, monitor, and mouse to set up the OS. Only after can you VNC in to it.
     
  6. old-wiz macrumors G3

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    You could use something like the Elgato eyetv to allow the MBP to accept video input. However, it would be messy to get all the adapters to work together.
     
  7. DeepIn2U macrumors 68040

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    I remember a windows pc manufacturer that had this as a frwature some 8yrs ago, but they never lasted long.

    I'm curious with the above quote if there is a way to boot the mac into wake on LAN and retrieve an osx hosted by the laptop?? Is this a viable option idea for the op's inquiry??
     

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