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Second Laptop As Monitor

  1. #1


    Toronto
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    Windows 8.1 Pro

    Second Laptop As Monitor


    I have a Acer Aspire E1-572 as my current laptop right now and I feel like my screen is too small. I've considered getting a monitor, but I have a laptop lying around. It is a Acer Aspire E1-531 | Intel Celeron B820 with 4 gb's of ram. But the laptop doesnt really work. Well the hard drive is corrupted so it doesnt really have a use at the moment. I was wondering if theres a way to use the second laptop as a second monitor. I have tried just plugging into my HDMI cable with Live Boot Linux running on the second laptop but it doesnt seem to work.

    Here is a link of a thread with my problem of my laptop for more details:
    http://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/forum/windows8_1-system/acer-aspire-e1-531-not-starting-up-no-bootable/d5c56b41-6c9f-4ef2-9450-8f406d9de7d2

    All Help Will Be Appreciated

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  2. #2


    Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada
    Posts : 6,490
    Windows 10 Education 64 Bit


    The monitor jacks on the laptop are signal out only. You can't feed a signal in and have it display on the built in screen.
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  3. #3


    Toronto
    Posts : 7
    Windows 8.1 Pro


    So would buying a monitor be my only option?
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  4. #4


    Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada
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    Windows 10 Education 64 Bit


    You can do it with software over a network but the software isn't free. I don't even remember what its called at the moment. Even so, both laptops would have to have a working OS for it to work. There is no easy way to make a second laptop a second monitor. Buying another monitor may be a lot easier.
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  5. #5


    Toronto
    Posts : 7
    Windows 8.1 Pro


    Yeah i see what you're saying. I've tried Synergy but it just allows me to control both Laptop's with 1 mouse and keyboard. That isn't what I'm really looking for.
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  6. #6


    Trnava
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    Win 8.1.1 Pro x64
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  7. #7


    It's too much hassle to do it that way, you can most probably by a second hand monitor of that size cheaper.
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  8. #8


    Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada
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    Windows 10 Education 64 Bit


    Not to mention you'll be tearing apart a working laptop to do it.
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  9. #9


    Quote Originally Posted by alphanumeric View Post
    Not to mention you'll be tearing apart a working laptop to do it.
    Lol. that too. I did it once, long tome ago when LCD monitors were very expensive and spent 3 days on it, had to make a dual voltage PSU for it, nightmare !!!
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  10. #10


    Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada
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    Windows 10 Education 64 Bit


    Quote Originally Posted by CountMike View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by alphanumeric View Post
    Not to mention you'll be tearing apart a working laptop to do it.
    Lol. that too. I did it once, long tome ago when LCD monitors were very expensive and spent 3 days on it, had to make a dual voltage PSU for it, nightmare !!!
    I've toyed with the idea once when I had a couple of dead laptops with defective motherboards. After looking at what was involved and no guaranty it would work, I decided against it. Just too much hassle.
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