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Desktop Unit with Laptop as Monitor?

I'm using an old bulky monitor with my desktop, and I'd like to save space, but I'm not ready to purchase a flatscreen yet. Is there a relatively easy way to connect my girlfriend's old laptop to my PC and use it simply as a monitor?

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If the laptop has a VGA in connection (got that?)
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I'll try to find out, thanks.

I'll check on the VGA-in connection, though I don't think it has one. It's a Toshiba Satellite Pro 430CDT that my girlfriend got second hand. She has no documentation for it, and neither of us has much (if any) hardware savvy.

The other solution, from the link you provided, is a very interesting idea, though unfortunately, it doesn't allow using the laptop as an ONLY display, only as a SECOND display, which won't work in our case, since the problem is that we don't have the space for my large VGA monitor in the first place...

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