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    What would it take to run Mac mini 2012 to run on Vista PC
    using Mac Mini 2012 what would it take to run on 2008 Toshiba or Sony laptop screen ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ycl1688 View Post
    using Mac Mini 2012 what would it take to run on 2008 Toshiba or Sony laptop screen ?
    Are you saying that you want to use the display on one of these laptops (Sony/Toshiba) as the display for the Mac-Mini?

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    Yes. I have to toshuba and Sony laptops.

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    Unless the Sony or Toshiba have a video input port, I'm not sure how you would be able to use them as a display for your Mini. Having owned a Toshiba Satellite notebook, I know there was only a video output on that model, no inputs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ycl1688 View Post
    Yes. I have to toshuba and Sony laptops.
    Usually laptops don't have video-in ports (just video-out ports). So without a video-in port…how would you get the video signal from the Mac-Mini into the laptop to use it's display?

    My point is (from a hardware perspective)…without a video in port I don't think that it can be done.

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    You could try ScreenRecycler. It should do the job though you will need to add a VNC client to the PC laptop. The ScreenRecycler site lists some that work.

    I used this some time ago going Mac to Mac and it was easy to setup. I stopped using it because it can be quite slow depending upon the hardware involved and speed of your network.
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    To summarize -
    You can't use the laptops as a simple direct-connect monitor, but you can use them to control the Mac using VNC software.
    The Mac has this software built-in. You'll need to borrow a monitor and keyboard to set up the Mac for this. And the Mac and whichever PC will have to be on a local network. (Ethernet is better/faster)
    On the Mac, go to System Prefs > Sharing, and turn on Remote Management (I also have Remote Login on).
    On the PC, use a VNC "client," and use setting for True Color (24 bit).

    (I use this every day for my Mac mini in the basement.)

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