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Is it possible to connect a computer to a laptop?

by imgguti / August 18, 2014 4:46 AM PDT

I recently built a computer, but I didn't buy a monitor for it. I was wondering if it was possible to connect my computer to my laptop so that my laptop works as a monitor. Is there a cable I can buy or something else I have to do? Someone told me to connect them via Ethernet cable but I don't know if that will work.

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For most laptops, there are no video inputs.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / August 18, 2014 4:49 AM PDT

However in a pinch you could telnet, VNC or use some other software over some link connection. But most want the old video cable connection which for 99.99% or more laptops, is not an option.
Bob

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anything you did
by James Denison / August 18, 2014 3:49 PM PDT

like using "remote desktop" would first require the use of a second monitor. Do yourself a favor and visit your local thrift stores and computer recycle stores, you can get an LCD 17" Dell monitor used for about $20. I've picked up some good ones at thrifty village near me for that price and nobody I gave them to complained about them not working OK. I gave away a computer to someone at church last year and they are still using it and the very cheap 17" monitor, all working well still.

Here's a place near me, looks like they are selling it for $30.


http://pcretro.com/products/various-brand-17-lcd-monitor-grade-b

Here's another near me, selling them for $25


so search out on internet the "used computers" and "recycle computers" and "used Dell LCD monitors" and other searches for your location.

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Short answer, NO
by Willy / August 19, 2014 4:33 AM PDT

Laptops can't be used that way as i understand it. Unless, of course you're a whiz and jerry-rig something that suggest you wouldn't be asking here. Happy Also, as another poster offered check local thrift shops or Craigslist or even freebies of a typical CRT for the time being if not LCD type. I think Freeshare is another freebie if available in your area. You can also put in a request in Craigslist as well freebie or low cost, besides what users provide for sale.

tada -----Willy Happy

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Possible to connect
by agalyaa123 / November 9, 2014 11:37 PM PST

Yes possible to connect a computer to a laptop..

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