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    Can I use my MacBook Pro as an external monitor.
    I know you're all thinking why does he want to use a MBP as a monitor, but heres the deal. Sometimes my girl friend wants to watch chick flicks when I would rather play my Play Station 3 in another room. I have the adapter to use my tv as a monitor, with my macbook pro. But what i'm asking does anyone know of a way to use my MBP screen as a monitor for my PlayStation 3.???
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    Quote Originally Posted by GrandDesign View Post
    I know you're all thinking why does he want to use a MBP as a monitor...
    Does your Macbook Pro have a "video-in" port??? If not...how are you going to use it as an external monitor!

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    Quote Originally Posted by pigoo3 View Post
    Does your Macbook Pro have a "video-in" port??? If not...how are you going to use it as an external monitor!

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    What do you mean video in? Does the mini display port work also as a display in????
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    Quote Originally Posted by GrandDesign View Post
    What do you mean video in? Does the mini display port work also as a display in????
    My point was...your Macbook Pro DOES NOT have a video-in port...thus it cannot be used as an external monitor! The mini-display port is a video-out port only.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pigoo3 View Post
    My point was...your Macbook Pro DOES NOT have a video-in port...thus it cannot be used as an external monitor! The mini-display port is a video-out port only.

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    Ohh alright. Thanks for the help. I'm going to buy another tv in the morning then. thanks for the help.
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    Quote Originally Posted by GrandDesign View Post
    Ohh alright. Thanks for the help. I'm going to buy another tv in the morning then. thanks for the help.
    That's the way to go. Either a "TV" or simply an external computer display.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GrandDesign View Post
    Ohh alright. Thanks for the help. I'm going to buy another tv in the morning then. thanks for the help.
    The Elgato EyeTV can act as a video-in. Perhaps cheaper than buying another TV.

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    You can always count on cwa for some great advice and ideas!!!

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    Thanks for the advice. I think i'm going to go with a new tv tho. I have a mancave now so I'm going to take the living room TV and bring it here and get a bigger tv for the living room. I needed this excuse. Thanks guys!!!
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