How to Convert a Laptop Display to a Stand Alone Screen

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How to Convert a Laptop Display to a Stand Alone Screen
It is possible to create a stand alone laptop display using third-party software. (laptop with black screen image by Anatoly Tiplyashin from Fotolia.com)

Creating a stand alone laptop display can be done with the use of the right software. Through the use of this software, the laptop will not display what is produced by the laptop computer, but will display the information of another computer creating an extended desktop. This scenario is handy for people who like to work on multiple projects at one time.

Skill level:
Moderate

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Things you need

  • Desktop computer
  • Laptop
  • Wireless router
  • Ethernet cable

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Instructions

    MaxiVista

  1. 1

    Ensure that your laptop and desktop computer are connected to each other. This can be accomplished by using a wireless network, or by connecting the two computers with an Ethernet cable.

  2. 2

    Purchase and download the MaxiVista program from the official site.

  3. 3

    Open the MaxiVista_Setup_PrimaryPC.exe install program on your desktop computer. Follow the on-screen prompts to install the program to your desktop computer.

  4. 4

    Open the MaxiVista_Setup_SecondaryPC.exe on your laptop. Again, follow the on-screen prompts to install the program.

  5. 5

    Right-click the MaxiVista notifier that pops up in the bottom-right corner of your desktop. Click the option "Enable Secondary Monitor." This will turn the laptop display into a secondary monitor.

    Input Director

  1. 1

    Download Input Director from the official site. You will need to download it onto your desktop computer and your laptop.

  2. 2

    Open the setup.exe program that downloads on your desktop computer and follow the on-screen instructions to install the program. Do the same on your laptop.

  3. 3

    Open the Input Director icon on your laptop and set up the "slave" monitor. This is the secondary monitor, which would be your laptop screen. Click the "Slave Configuration" tab on the window that appears. Click the "Add" button within this tab. Type the IP address of your laptop, and press "Enter." Then, go to the tab marked "Main" and click the button "Enable as Slave."

  4. 4

    Open the Input Director on your desktop and set up the "master" monitor. The same window that popped up on the laptop will appear. Click on "Master Configuration" tab. Again, click the "Add" button and type in the IP address of your laptop. This will configure that computer as the slave and your desktop as the master.

  5. 5

    Click the "Main" tab, and click the button marked "Enable as Master."

    Screen Recycler

  1. 1

    Ensure that both your laptop and desktop computer are connected to each other. This can be accomplished by using a wireless network, or by connecting the two computers with an Ethernet cable.

  2. 2

    Download Screen Recycler onto from the official site. This program is only for Mac OS. Download the "JollysFastVNC" application to your laptop.

  3. 3

    Open the "ScreenRecycler.app" file on your desktop and follow the directions to install the program to your computer.

  4. 4

    Open the "JollysFastVNC.app" file on your laptop and follow the directions to install the program to your laptop.

  5. 5

    Open "JollysFastVNC" once it has finished installing, and click on the green button in the top right corner of the window to enable full-screen display. Now, you can drag files from the desktop to the laptop display.

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