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Hey guy's, I'm in a somewhat unique albeit temporary situation.

I'm shopping around for a new monitor (and waiting for another paycheck to hit) before I get it.

well all I've got right now is a laptop, and I just finished piecing together my desktop build.

Well I want to get windows installed and some programs, make sure everythings operational etc in the meantime.

So here's the question, and I'm not sure if its possible or not.

But is there any way I can use my laptops display as a monitor for my desktop?
post #2 of 9
Not that I know of. The VGA/HDMI port that usually comes out of the laptop is mainly for Video Out and not Video In. I highly doubt you'll find a way to make it possible.
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I highly doubt that it is possible without going for a software solution, which would need you to have a monitor to set things up, or taking the laptop screen apart and hard wiring it into your graphics card.

However can you get hold of a TV with a HDMI or DVI input (from family / flatmate / friend)? That would make a good temporary monitor.
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Most HDTV's have HDMI now, if you have an LCD TV you can just connect it to HDMI using DVI->HDMI adapter cause most videocards will come with one. But as for connecting things to your laptop monitor it is technically possible but it would require some skilled modifications that you're probably unwilling to do.
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Originally Posted by anoob View Post
Most HDTV's have HDMI now, if you have an LCD TV you can just connect it to HDMI using DVI->HDMI adapter cause most videocards will come with one. But as for connecting things to your laptop monitor it is technically possible but it would require some skilled modifications that you're probably unwilling to do.

x-g/f stole my tv, otherwise id use it haha.

your probably right, I have no interest in any complicated solutions, ill just have to wait haha.
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Go to your local Freecycle group and try to pick up an old CRT for temporary use.

Ask around and see if anyone is getting rid of an old monitor. A CRT is better than nothing.
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Originally Posted by Markeh View Post
Go to your local Freecycle group and try to pick up an old CRT for temporary use.

Ask around and see if anyone is getting rid of an old monitor. A CRT is better than nothing.
I'll be buying a solution within a week so its not the end of the world.
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I'll be buying a solution within a week so its not the end of the world.
Yes you can, but it's not a simple plug-n-play thing. And quite frankly, if you even have to ask the question I doubt you have the skill and know-how to do it this quickly. If you wanna learn how to do it just for fun that's a different story though, and I can at least get you started
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post #9 of 9
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no use to do so after this week but thanks for the offer.

I just realized I need a new keyboard as well, I don't know how I overlooked that haha.
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