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I have a desktop with a high-res display and laptop with a low-res display.

Can the laptop log into the desktop and display its screen as if it were low-res? -- as if I had a low-res second monitor connected to the desktop.

I'm not talking about shrinking the pixels or cutting off the screen with scrollbars (as is default in Chicken of the VNC)

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I guess, if you're using a "stupid" protocol like VNC, then no. What systems are your laptop and your desktop? You nowhere mention which one is the OS X machine or if both are. – slhck May 21 '11 at 20:49
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If you use OS-X Screen Sharing (assuming both machines are OS-X), then yes, the laptop will show a shrunk view of the desktop's screen.

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