View Full Version : Laptop to Laptop Display??
01-06-2008, 02:38 PM
Remembering back in school, my teacher used to be teaching from his computer, and we students would just flick a switch to watch from our monitors what he was doing. After each lecture, we'd flick it back to work on our own. Now I would like to do the same thing with my students/friends except that all we've got are laptops... which I believe only have video out's... we've got Dell Vostro's 1500 and 1700.
Anyone's got a solution? Thanks in advance..
01-07-2008, 07:12 AM
@ your school you all probably had video monitors that had two inputs, and not pc monitors.
In your current situation with laptops, it is quite different.
Apart from the laptops, what is needed now is either a cheap display for each student, or even dual input displays, accompanied with a vga splitter from the teachers pc.
Or some combination with MaxiVista, installed in everyones machine, with all pc's network connected with ips etc, and I'm not sure if it will work.
You can have a look at their site though.
01-07-2008, 07:19 PM
MaxiVista's site looks awesome!
I will download the demo first and try it with my desktop - laptop. Thanks for your suggestion! :thumbsup:
01-07-2008, 07:40 PM
There are also software applications out there that will do that kind of thing through a network. Try these links:
I've used the demo for both and like the Net Support better. We are currently trying to bring it into the lab I teach in for my classes. Both of them do the same thing which is to send the teachers monitor (or any of the student monitors) to the rest of the class. There is a bit of refresh lag but it is not too bad depending on your network set-up.
01-07-2008, 07:50 PM
Sweet, these programs definitely save up a lot of energy doing the wiring and all that! Thanks!:thumbsup:
Paul, have you tried using these over the wireless network?
01-07-2008, 08:26 PM
Hey Shakii. I have not tried it over wireless so I can't speak to that. Hope you find something that works for you.
01-07-2008, 10:10 PM
RealVNC (http://www.realvnc.com/products/download.html) (I use the free edition) works very well as well (I find RealVNC's better on Windows and TightVNC's better on Linux).
Not sure why, but default behaviour in Windows is to clone the desktop Remote Desktop style (without the weird little chat thingy) so other people can log in as observers only and see the same desktop you're seeing. Default behaviour in Linux is to export a new session separate from the one on your screen but that's a different matter.
Of course, you can still try TightVNC (http://www.tightvnc.com/) as, although slightly glitchy in Windows, it does have more features for free and has the same default behaviour in Windows.
Oh, and they both work fine over WiFi, but I don't think either of them will properly relay a Direct3D or OpenGL view.
01-07-2008, 10:10 PM
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