Is it possible to use a laptop as a keyboard/display for a desktop


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This is probably stupid - but is this possible?

Basically my laptop just expired and I need a replacement. I want something capable of gaming - but in a laptop this appears to be twice the cost of a desktop.

I haven't got anywhere to put a desktop - i.e. no room for a desk in my house, I can only use a computer if I can stick it on my knees. A desktop unit could go down the side of the sofa. I don't need to take a computer with me when I travel.

So, is it possible to buy a cheapo laptop (even a reconditioned one or something) and then link this to a desktop unit as a solution, so the laptop is essentially a monitor and keyboard, and the desktop is the computer?

(I know I could run the desktop through my TV - but this would annoy the mrs and i'd never get to use it).


Daemon Poster
Simply said, it can't be done (easily). The circuitry inside the laptop drives the display in a non-standard way. It would take an extremely modded laptop or a specially made laptop, which, as far as I know, aren't available.

I tried setting up something similar a few years ago and gave up because it was too much of a pain. Maybe some new technology has come along since then though, not to my knowledge though.