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Apple Notebooks Apple's notebook computers including MacBook Pro, MacBook, MacBook Air, PowerBook, and iBook.

Use Pbook as 2nd display to Win XP PC


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Is it possible, or do they have to have the same operating system?

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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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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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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.
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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
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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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.

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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.
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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.

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