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    Connect a desktop computer to laptop screen


    Is there a way using some kind of cable to connect a desktop to a laptop's screen (without physically opening or breaking anything).
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    No, laptops usually do not have any video input; only video outputs, S-video, vga or dvi. Whichever your laptop supports.

    Usually people do it the other way around, laptop to a monitor.
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    I think it would be cool if you could. I have a 32 inch lcd for a monitor and sometimes I don't want to use a screen that big so I want to just plug in my 15 in widescreen laptop's monitor and use it to play games and what not

    I think it's possible, they just don't want to do it.
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    you may be able to find a video capture card etc (PC CARD)
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    I've a laptop and planning to get a desktop computer to run computationally intensive numerical programs, so was wondering if there is a way to connect a desktop and use laptop screen as a monitor instead of buying a separate one, since most of the time desktop will be used only for number crunching. I'll need a monitor only when transfering files and to checking the status of the program.
    tj_nt, could you please give me more info on video capture card and would it be useful for this purpose.
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    I think the best idea for this problem would be using a program like VNC (can find it for Windows at http://www.realvnc.com/download.html (get the free version, no need for anything more), install that on both system, set up the desktop as a server, and the laptop as a client, and you'll be able to view the desktop's screen as well as control the comptuer through VNC on the laptop. This is the best thing that I can think of it you're not planning on using it for games, videos, or anything that is graphically intensive. Because it's done through the network, the screen can be a bit sluggish compared to a dedicated monitor, but for what you've said, I don't think that'd be an issue.
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    He's gonna have to find a way to install the operating system first!
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    I say just get a video card capable of s-video or something, and hook the desktop up to the TV. Especially if you're just going to use it minimally.
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    Originally Posted by gaanee
    Is there a way using some kind of cable to connect a desktop to a laptop's screen (without physically opening or breaking anything).
    Unless you've got a super-rare custom laptop, or one with a capture card it's not likely to happen. My advice is to just find a cheap and/or used monitor. I've got an old 15" CRT from around 1995 that I use in situations like yours. [also as a footrest]

    Ask at stores like Staples if they have any old discontinued monitors or display models, hit up friends, family, and coworkers for old equip, etc etc

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