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Windows 7: Connecting laptop to a desktop

20 Sep 2009   #1
John12

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 Bit
 
 
Connecting laptop to a desktop

My desktop have a big monitor and I'm able to connect my laptop to it but the problem is I would be using a lot of energy and stuff. Is there a way I can close the laptop or what ever and just use the desktop but with laptop turned on?


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20 Sep 2009   #2
missaaliyah

Windows 7 Ultimate 32 Bit
 
 

I'm not totally sure, but I think you need to have both the computer and the laptop turned on at the same time. I know you do if you connect another computer to a computer, and the same with an external hard drive.
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20 Sep 2009   #3
Snufffed

 

1. We need better specs. your is rather short.
2. Are you connecting the Monitor with a Y cable?
3. Laptops have a control to switch Monitors. switch it off on the laptop and back to normal.
3. That leaves the Laptop on - working -
4. That allows you to switch the Desktop back to #1 Monitor. and use it.

DU what else your problem is ... simply as switch using the appropiate methods via you computers. That is if your using a Y Cable for the Monitor.

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My desktop have a big monitor and I'm able to connect my laptop to it but the problem is I would be using a lot of energy and stuff
WHY?
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20 Sep 2009   #4
DocBrown

Win7 Enterprise, Win7 x86 (Ult 7600), Win7 x64 Ult 7600, TechNet RTM on AMD x64 (2.8Ghz)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by John12 View Post
My desktop have a big monitor and I'm able to connect my laptop to it but the problem is I would be using a lot of energy and stuff. Is there a way I can close the laptop or what ever and just use the desktop but with laptop turned on?

What is the purpose of connecting the laptop to the big monitor, if you are not using the laptop with the big monitor ?

There are Y VGA monitor splitter cables available
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20 Sep 2009   #5
Antman

 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by John12 View Post
My desktop have a big monitor and I'm able to connect my laptop to it but the problem is I would be using a lot of energy and stuff. Is there a way I can close the laptop or what ever and just use the desktop but with laptop turned on?
Yes You can do this. Someone will even tell you how once you provide detailed system specs or your Dell service tag.
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20 Sep 2009   #6
John12

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 Bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Antman View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by John12 View Post
My desktop have a big monitor and I'm able to connect my laptop to it but the problem is I would be using a lot of energy and stuff. Is there a way I can close the laptop or what ever and just use the desktop but with laptop turned on?
Yes You can do this. Someone will even tell you how once you provide detailed system specs or your Dell service tag.
Here's my service tag: 8flj0f1
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20 Sep 2009   #7
Antman

 

Documentation

That's nice. The question is about a laptop. The service tag you provided is for a desktop.
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20 Sep 2009   #8
John12

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 Bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Antman View Post
Documentation

That's nice. The question is about a laptop. The service tag you provided is for a desktop.
I apologize, I just noticed.
Lap top service tag: 28TS8F1
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20 Sep 2009   #9
Antman

 

Switching the Video Image From Your Computer Display To a Projector

When you start the computer with an external device (such as an external monitor or projector) attached and turned on, the image may appear on either the computer display or the external device.

Press <Fn><F8> to switch the video image between the display only, the external device only, or the display and the external device simultaneously.
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