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Okay I have a desktop and Laptop both are fairly new, however I haven't find a way to use both effectively. Is there a way I can use my laptop's monitor as an external monitor to my desktop without connecting to a VGA cable ? Or more prefer way, control my laptop with my desktop's keyboard and mouse (assuming we are both on the same network)


ps. I'm not looking for remote desktop as a solution, since that way one of the monitor will have the exact same as the other

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Synergy or the updated Synergy-plus is one way to control two or more computers even with different operating systems with one keyboard and mouse. It is not a KVM solution, or VNC (remote desktop)

Synergy lets you easily share a single mouse and keyboard between multiple computers with different operating systems, each with its own display, without special hardware. It's intended for users with multiple computers on their desk since each system uses its own monitor(s).

Not sure this is exactly what you are asking for, but you can have your desktop and laptop both up and running, when you move your mouse off one screen it shows up on the other computer and now the keyboard controls that computer.

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thanks for the info, i know VNC but that's more like remote desktop in a way. I will try out the synergy – Jonathan Dec 20 '09 at 8:13
I was saying synergy is not KVM, and not VNC – Move More Comments Link To Top Dec 20 '09 at 8:32
thanks bro! Synergy works great little bid tough to set it right, but it works very nice ! – Jonathan Dec 20 '09 at 9:21
2 is a fork thats more updated – Journeyman Geek Dec 20 '09 at 12:33
+1 for Synergy+ chatter. – nbolton Jan 12 '10 at 5:58

Synergy+ is great, I use it all the time.

If you want to use the laptop's monitor as if it is a second desktop monitor you might also check out ZoneOS (free). MaxiVista is another more polished option, but not free.

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+1 for ZoneOS, it fits the bill as outlined in the question. – Molly7244 Dec 20 '09 at 14:58
thanks for the ZoneOS, heard about MaxiVista but free is always good :) – Jonathan Dec 21 '09 at 0:07
I just tried the ZoneOS, got it setup its kinda choppy compare to MaxiVista is there anyway I can improve the performance ? – Jonathan Dec 21 '09 at 0:35

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