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So I just got a p4 512mb ram laptop for free from work. This got me thinking, could a laptop be used to control my desktop? Like for instance, use the monitor and keyboard on my laptop to play a game like world of warcraft that is on my desktop? I would think with a crossover cable connecting them, bandwith wouldn't be an issue. But has anyone done this? basically using the laptop as a monitor and controller for the desktop. Curious if there is a hack or software out there.

Appreciate any feedback.
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I suggest looking at "remote desktop", it looks like exactly the thing you need. I can control any PC in my house from the lappy, never tried to launch a game, but I don't see why it wouldn't work.
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Well afaik most remote desktop apps use a method of sending screenshots whenever a change is made, which is fine for general desktop use, but I think if you tried to play a game using that method, it would look like 1fps on the laptop. I'm also interested in a good answer to this. I based this answer from Teamviewer, but I imagine it applies to VNC etc too. Maybe its possible to hack a config file to take 30 snapshots a second or something...

And maybe I'm getting a little carried away, but here is how I think it is possible: I know it is possible to stream record your desktop using webcam software, so if you somehow configured that to stream to VLC somehow, and then used a remote app to send the keystrokes, that combination might work.

VLC only does it for prerecorded videos though, but if you could somehow link the webcam app to vlc, something like that? -confused myself-
Edited by .:hybrid:. - 12/26/10 at 2:59am
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Most games won't launch if they detect a VNC or RDP session is running.
    
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You can use logmein.com free service to do it.

I used to monitor my bots in various games using it.
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