Can a laptop use a flatscreen or crt monitor ?

Discussion in 'Mobile Technology' started by DBenz, Feb 16, 2008.

  1. DBenz

    DBenz Geek Trainee

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    Hi,
    Can a laptop be plugged into a standalone monitor, the type purchased for desktop or tower PC's ? Of the current flat screen variety and also deep back CRT type ? I ask for a few reasons. A friend of mine prefers viewing monitors for quality of picture, I do also. I wish to find him a dirt cheap laptop, one that takes a mouse, and if its screen is a duffer then that should bring the price down ! He wont be carrying it anywhere, simply using it like a desktop, but he hasnt room for a desktop or tower. The laptop can be stuffed onto the bookrack, or taken indoors from the workshop when cold and damp out there ! We cant both study the screen on a laptop at once as angle off gives peculiar effects.
    I also could do with one myself. Mine I might wish to plug into my CRT screen, or a spare flatscreen at work.

    I doubt they come with a suitable connector, but some clever techie might manage it.

    Another thought for cheap is get two, one with dead screen, another dead except for screen ! Mate the two together via the cable ?

    Cheers

    DBenz
     
  2. Ghostman 1

    Ghostman 1 Moderator Staff Member

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    Yes, just as long as it has the connection on the back..
     
  3. DBenz

    DBenz Geek Trainee

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    Ghostman, thanks for the reply. Thats really good to know. Which models or makes would be a good starting point to search for ?...is this a recent addition to them ?
    Ghostman...or anyone ?
    Whats it known as in the spec ?

    Cheers
    DBenz
     
  4. Ghostman 1

    Ghostman 1 Moderator Staff Member

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    The only problem with buying a laptop/ notebook with a bad screen is that you won't know for sure that is the problem..... It also could have a bad motherboard.. But , that is your call.. Buying older monitors, It is a good idea too stick with major brand names.... Like Dell / Compaq / HP and so on.. I would get a 17'' or 19 ''....
     

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