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    jimmynitcher
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    Use Pbook as 2nd display to Win XP PC
    Is it possible, or do they have to have the same operating system?

    Thanks

    J

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    If you are trying to use you powerbook as a display for another computer, I don't think this is possible;
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    iSheep
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    Like most computers, the digital (DVI) or VGA ports do not accept an input - they only output. The PowerBook monitor can not be used externally however.

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    jimmynitcher
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    Thanks for that, most helpful, now I know it's a monitor I need.
    There is a spare DVI port on the PC- does this restrict me to certain monitors?
    I'm not too clear on LCD, VGA, CRT differences.
    thanks again
    J

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    Toanjii
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    Quote Originally Posted by jimmynitcher
    Thanks for that, most helpful, now I know it's a monitor I need.
    There is a spare DVI port on the PC- does this restrict me to certain monitors?
    I'm not too clear on LCD, VGA, CRT differences.
    thanks again
    J
    Only expensive LCD have DVI input (the ones I've seen anyways.. the ones around AU$400 have VGA connectors only).

    Did your video card come with a DVI-to-VGA adapter? Most should. If you can't find it, you can buy one at a computer shop. This should address any limitations you may have.

    CRT only use VGA connectors, ie. the one that looks like a serial port.

    In terms of image quality, I haven't had luxury of trying DVI monitors so I can't comment. The LCDs with VGA connectors looks pretty good to me.

    Hope this helps.

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    jimmynitcher
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    Thanks very much, your explanations were very helpful and clear.

    Actually quality isn't that important,and I have limited funds.

    My Pbook came with a DVI to VGA adapter so I could use that to connect from the DVI of the PC to a new (second hand) monitor with a VGA connector.

    I guess I'm off to ebay.

    Thanks again

    J

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    iSheep
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    I think you miss-understood my post, I miss-understood your reply.

    The PowerBook has an output only DVI (or Mini-DVI) port, which plugs into a DVI or VGA adapter.

  8. #8
    jimmynitcher
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    As I understand it so far;

    The Pbook has no input so therefore cannot be used as a second monitor.

    The video card on my PC has a DVI output which I could connect via a VGA adapter to another monitor. This is my only option for 2 displays.

    thanks

    J

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