6 Replies Latest reply: May 20, 2007 1:46 PM by keeby
keeby Level 1 Level 1

I just purchased my first mac. I want to have a dual monitor setup so I can have a bigger workspace when I design graphics on my Macbook Pro.

Can I use my other laptop, which is a Toshiba, as an external monitor? The guy at Radioshack was worried that both the MBP and the PC laptop would try to send output signals and end up frying both video cards.


Macbook Pro, Mac OS X (10.4.9)
  • Steven Davidson Level 2 Level 2
    ScreenRecycler works very well. Contrary to what others have said on these boards, it is possible to use a second laptop as an external display.


    You will need a fast network connection between the two machines. Gigabit ethernet would be best, but performance is very good with 100 Mb. I wouldn't try using wireless to connect the machines - too much lag.
  • keeby Level 1 Level 1
    Awesome. Thanks! I'm going to try Screen Recycler.

    Do you know if there any way to do it just with regular display cables?

    Appreciate the help.
  • Steven Davidson Level 2 Level 2
    No, there's no way to use regular display cables - a laptop is not designed to work like a monitor. Screen Recycler makes the second laptop act like a monitor, but it's actually sending screen contents over the network cable. Not as quick as an external monitor, but at least it gives you a way to re-use that extra laptop.
  • keeby Level 1 Level 1
    Yeah, Screen Recycler looks pretty cool, but I have no idea how to do all that networking mumbo jumbo (to me it's mumbo jumbo jargon).

    I'll just have to wait till I can get an external monitor.

  • Patrick Stein Level 1 Level 1
    Just give it a try, as it uses Bonjour you don't have to setup your network. It will just work.
    When you use a PC for displaying it's as easy as typing in the address that ScreenRecycler shows you in the panel.

    If you can't get it working you can still mail me.

    Have fun - Patrick

    P.S. Yes, I'm the author
  • keeby Level 1 Level 1
    Alright. Well I downloaded it and will install it and everything once I get deeper into my designing and need that extra monitor. So far it's not such heavy work.

    I appreciate the help and wish you success with ScreenRecycler. It's really quite innovative.

    All the best,