Using laptop as a monitor

  Dave Phi 20:42 11 Feb 07
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I have recently bought a laptop, but still have my old desktop PC, but no monitor. I want to connect the desktop and view my files on my laptop screen. I have bought an external HDD case, but when I connected this to the laptop, it did not show all files. Can I connect the desktop straight to my laptop and view the files?

  woodchip 20:45 11 Feb 07

You can connect the PC if the Graphics support it, and you have the ports on both computers

  woodchip 20:47 11 Feb 07

The Graphics I mean are the Old PC, If you are not using a Monitor on the Old one it should connect to the Laptop if the Laptop as a port for it. or you may be able to get a PCMCIA card with a port

You will have to have a video input on your laptop...so chances are, no, you won't be able to.

  Dave Phi 20:55 11 Feb 07

Thanks Woodchip & [email protected] I'll give it a go as it looks like I have the correct ports on my laptop.

  woodchip 21:00 11 Feb 07

If you have a S/Video in, "not out", it will work with that given the right cable

  woodchip 21:01 11 Feb 07

Yes but you need to check that they are input not output, as you may damage you Laptop

  woodchip 21:03 11 Feb 07

My Laptop as a Connection for a monitor but that's so you can connect a bigger monitor. It's not for connecting a External PC

  woodchip 13:32 12 Feb 07

Best Idea is buy a cheap monitor from a Computer Fair. If you lived near you could have a free one from me. Don't think there is any way you are going to use a PC as the Laptop as to be powered on to use the screen,it then loads a Windows guy. So if you connected a PC what is going to happen to that when you try to put another Image over it from another computer.

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