Use uMBP as a PC Screen?

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  1. TheBritishBloke macrumors 68030

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    I'm going on holiday in Mid-October, and I have a computer there waiting for me, but I don't have a monitor available so would like to hook it up to my macbook pro's screen for obvious reasons.

    Anyone ever done this? The computer just has a standard VGA output.

    Thanks!
     
  2. feelthefire macrumors 6502a

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    Doesn't work. There's no video inputs on any of the Apple laptops.
     
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  4. TheBritishBloke thread starter macrumors 68030

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    Because I need to sort this PC out, I need to install this OS etc. so.

    I thought there was some kind of device that could do it through USB?
     
  5. crazzyeddie macrumors 68030

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    You could do some elaborate setup where you convert the VGA to RCA or Component and then use a USB dongle to display that video, but it would be cheaper and easier to just buy a monitor...

    Most people would use VNC to control a PC that is running, but you obviously can't do that while installing the OS.
     
  6. TheBritishBloke thread starter macrumors 68030

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    Well, I could get a 15" monitor for €30 when I'm there. But I'd rather not have to keep one there, as the PC isn't gonna be there for long so.
     
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  8. madog macrumors 65816

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    Hook up the PC to a TV screen for temporary use. If it's an older PC, you can buy VGA->Composite converters, or hopefully use an on board S-Video out (which would be cheaper otherwise). If it uses DVI I believe those adapters are cheaper a la Apple's DVI to Video adapter.

    However, if it's an old PC it might even be cheaper to buy an old video card for it that has a built in video out option.

    Of course, this all assuming that you would have a TV around.
     
  9. TheBritishBloke thread starter macrumors 68030

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    I don't know why I actually never thought of this. I own 3 TV's there (I own a second home there). The adapters are £3.50. Woot? Lol.

    Thanks so much for that. I don't need audio or anything so :)

    Thanks very much madog!!
     

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