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Use a Pismo as a monitor?
Posted by: DP
Date: July 09, 2006 08:55AM
I did a Forum search and didn't find anything about this. I am going to get an iMac soon and was wondering if I could use the Pismo as a second monitor for Photoshop use. (Pallettes on the Pismo screen, images on the iMac.) Are there any special settings for this and can I just use a VGA cable between them? TIA.
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Re: Use a Pismo as a monitor?
Posted by: Jimmypoo
Date: July 09, 2006 08:58AM
I hope something comes up for this one. I'd love to use my Pismo
as the screen for my Mini when they are in the same room.

I'm not holding out much hope in that regard though.
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Re: Use a Pismo as a monitor?
Posted by: New.Dad
Date: July 09, 2006 09:03AM
if it can be done at all, it's definitely not as simple as you suggest (just VGA cable). perhaps a VCN software solution might work? if you fool the iMac to think there is a second monitor attached (display spanning, not sure if iMac supports this, you might need a patch), then use the Pismo to "dial into" the iMac and somehow connect to this second display.

Apple Remote Desktop might help, but it ain't free. Look for "Chicken of the VCN" (install that on the Pismo) and turn on Apple Remote Desktop in Sharing Preferences on your iMac.
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Re: Use a Pismo as a monitor?
Posted by: New.Dad
Date: July 09, 2006 09:07AM
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Jimmypoo
I hope something comes up for this one. I'd love to use my Pismo
as the screen for my Mini when they are in the same room.

I'm not holding out much hope in that regard though.

if you want to use the Pismo as the *main* screen for the Mini (not as the second display), then read my post above, that should work. If you do not have a display at all for the mini, then boot up in FireWire target mode, and connect it to the Pismo, and now reboot the Pismo from the Mini's hard drive, so that you could work on the Mini and turn on the ARD in the Sharing Control Panel. then disconnect, reboot Mini in normal mode (no display), boot up the Pismo and make the connection.
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Re: Use a Pismo as a monitor?
Posted by: The Grim Ninja
Date: July 09, 2006 09:18AM
NO
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Re: Use a Pismo as a monitor?
Posted by: Jimmypoo
Date: July 09, 2006 10:02AM
I'm inclined to go with Grim on this.

Booting in target mode doesn't get me the G4/1.42.

Looks like I'll have to get an LCD without the ARA connection.
I'll bet there is a market for tearing all the screens off PeterB's
various laptops and using them attached to Mini's for several school
systems.

I think he has at least 4200 machines.

smiling smiley
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Re: Use a Pismo as a monitor?
Posted by: The Grim Ninja
Date: July 09, 2006 10:41AM
No.

Just NO.

Don't even waste your time dreaming.

The amount of hardware and time required to make it possible could buy a brand new 24" Dell LCD.

Not worth the effort, ever.
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Re: Use a Pismo as a monitor?
Posted by: Jimmypoo
Date: July 09, 2006 10:58AM
I was just dreaming of tearing the screens off PeterB's collection.

Not the wiring part.

grinning smiley
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Re: Use a Pismo as a monitor?
Posted by: PeterB
Date: July 09, 2006 11:03AM
Jimmy, layya you hands offa my screens!

I don't really have that many machines. Especially laptops -- the only things I have right now are the 1400 (am thinking of selling this beast, unless I can find a cheap G3 upgrade), a Pismo (a keeper), and the three Clamshells.

To answer the original question: no, it's not really possible. Yes, you could do something with vnc, though it's not quite what you were after -- I am managing a couple of my machines remotely by this, and it works well.




Freya says, 'Hello from NOLA, baby!' (Laissez bon temps rouler!)
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Re: Use a Pismo as a monitor?
Posted by: BigGuynRusty
Date: July 09, 2006 12:34PM
As Grimster said, NO!
It has come up at least a half dozen times at DealMac, and the answer is still no.
In reality there is a way, if you want to spend about 500 bucks ripping apart the Pismo and doing R&D on circuitry to drive the screen.

BGnR
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Re: Use a Pismo as a monitor?
Posted by: DP
Date: July 09, 2006 02:00PM
Thank you all for the input.
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