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November 13, 2004 11:16:05 AM

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Hi

Note really a typical videocard related topic... but is related.

Is it possible to use a notebook as a monitor for a desktop pc? if so, how?
I think this would a great feature to have.

Cheers
Sharp
November 14, 2004 12:48:30 AM

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I demand that on Sat, 13 Nov 2004 08:16:05 +0000, Sharp may or may not
have written:

> Hi
>
> Note really a typical videocard related topic... but is related.
>
> Is it possible to use a notebook as a monitor for a desktop pc? if so, how?
> I think this would a great feature to have.

Remote desktop may be the answer for you? My wife's old underpowered
laptop works a charm through an XDMCP connection but that's under linux.

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November 14, 2004 2:20:37 AM

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> have written:
>
> > Hi
> >
> > Note really a typical videocard related topic... but is related.
> >
> > Is it possible to use a notebook as a monitor for a desktop pc? if so,
how?
> > I think this would a great feature to have.
>
> Remote desktop may be the answer for you? My wife's old underpowered
> laptop works a charm through an XDMCP connection but that's under linux.

Yes, but that would not give me the power of a desktop PC, which is what I
am after. With a Video-in notebook I can buy a cheaper notebook, and use it
mobile and also as a desktop monitor connected to a more powerful powerful
at home offfice.

Without this setup, I may as well sell everything and get a desktop
replacement notebook, which will cost a bit.

cheers
Sharp
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Anonymous
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November 14, 2004 7:00:06 AM

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Only if your notebook have a video input, which I haven't seen any.

Else I would've bought the new iMac already for this purpose. PC/MAC, 1
setup ^^ SCHWEET!

"Sharp" <Sharp@SharpAddress.com> ¦b¶l¥ó
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> Hi
>
> Note really a typical videocard related topic... but is related.
>
> Is it possible to use a notebook as a monitor for a desktop pc? if so,
how?
> I think this would a great feature to have.
>
> Cheers
> Sharp
>
>
>
Anonymous
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November 14, 2004 7:00:07 AM

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Bronney Hui wrote:

> Only if your notebook have a video input, which I haven't seen any.

If you're running a Unix variant, Windows XP, or Windows 2000 Server or
later, then you can the laptop as a thin client.

> Else I would've bought the new iMac already for this purpose. PC/MAC, 1
> setup ^^ SCHWEET!
>
> "Sharp" <Sharp@SharpAddress.com> ¦b¶l¥ó
> news:9pjld.34690$K7.12755@news-server.bigpond.net.au ¤¤¼¶¼g...
>> Hi
>>
>> Note really a typical videocard related topic... but is related.
>>
>> Is it possible to use a notebook as a monitor for a desktop pc? if so,
> how?
>> I think this would a great feature to have.
>>
>> Cheers
>> Sharp
>>
>>
>>

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Reply to jclarke at ae tee tee global dot net
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November 14, 2004 9:58:16 AM

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> Bronney Hui wrote:
>
> > Only if your notebook have a video input, which I haven't seen any.
>
> If you're running a Unix variant, Windows XP, or Windows 2000 Server or
> later, then you can the laptop as a thin client.

What the hell does that mean?

Sharp
November 14, 2004 10:47:06 AM

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Sharp wrote:
>>have written:
>>
>>
>>>Hi
>>>
>>>Note really a typical videocard related topic... but is related.
>>>
>>>Is it possible to use a notebook as a monitor for a desktop pc? if so,
>
> how?
>
>>>I think this would a great feature to have.
>>
>>Remote desktop may be the answer for you? My wife's old underpowered
>>laptop works a charm through an XDMCP connection but that's under linux.
>
>
> Yes, but that would not give me the power of a desktop PC, which is what I
> am after. With a Video-in notebook I can buy a cheaper notebook, and use it
> mobile and also as a desktop monitor connected to a more powerful powerful
> at home offfice.
>
> Without this setup, I may as well sell everything and get a desktop
> replacement notebook, which will cost a bit.
>
> cheers
> Sharp
>
>

I don't understand your logic. Why would you be able to buy a cheaper
notebook if it had video in? And a cheap notebook will have a poor LCD
and won't fit the desktop very well, the keyboard sitting out front. And
good CRT monitors can be purchased for less than $200, so what is the
big deal?

jimbo
Anonymous
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November 14, 2004 3:35:08 PM

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Sharp wrote:

>
>
>> Bronney Hui wrote:
>>
>> > Only if your notebook have a video input, which I haven't seen any.
>>
>> If you're running a Unix variant, Windows XP, or Windows 2000 Server or
>> later, then you can the laptop as a thin client.
>
> What the hell does that mean?

If you're running one of the Windows variants I listed on your desktop, you
can use Terminal Services to run applications on the desktop using your
laptop. If you're running Unix you can run an X server on your laptop and
run applications on the desktop via the X client that is running there.

You can also use VNC for this purpose under a number of operating systems.

In each case you're using the laptop as a display for the other machine. I
don't recommend it for playing DirectX or OpenGL games, but it's fine for
many purposes.


> Sharp

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Anonymous
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November 14, 2004 3:42:55 PM

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This is really a response to Sharp's post, that hasn't appeared yet on my
server, so I'm replying to jimbo's instead.

jimbo wrote:

> Sharp wrote:
>>>have written:
>>>
>>>
>>>>Hi
>>>>
>>>>Note really a typical videocard related topic... but is related.
>>>>
>>>>Is it possible to use a notebook as a monitor for a desktop pc? if so,
>>
>> how?
>>
>>>>I think this would a great feature to have.
>>>
>>>Remote desktop may be the answer for you? My wife's old underpowered
>>>laptop works a charm through an XDMCP connection but that's under linux.
>>
>>
>> Yes, but that would not give me the power of a desktop PC, which is what
>> I am after. With a Video-in notebook I can buy a cheaper notebook, and
>> use it mobile and also as a desktop monitor connected to a more powerful
>> powerful at home offfice.

With video-in you're going to be unhappy with the results. You'll be
limited to NTSC/PAL/SECAM resolutions, which while there are differences
between them are all pretty dismal compared to what you normall expect of a
computer monitor.

What I think you're really looking for is a notebook with VGA or DVI inputs
and that's not likely to happen for a variety of reasons.

>> Without this setup, I may as well sell everything and get a desktop
>> replacement notebook, which will cost a bit.

Not sure where you are, but in the US Best Buy has Athlon-64 notebooks with
Radeon 9600 video on the shelf for $1300. That's adequate power for most
purposes and you're not going to find a notebook with video-in for less.

>> cheers
>> Sharp
>>
>>
>
> I don't understand your logic. Why would you be able to buy a cheaper
> notebook if it had video in? And a cheap notebook will have a poor LCD
> and won't fit the desktop very well, the keyboard sitting out front. And
> good CRT monitors can be purchased for less than $200, so what is the
> big deal?
>
> jimbo

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