Using a laptop screen as a display for a different laptop.
January 25, 2011 5:48 AM Subscribe
My laptop has a broken screen. Before I send it off for repair, I need to back it up, but I can't do that without a screen. I don't have access to a monitor to plug it into, but I do have two other working laptops available. Can I somehow hook them up so I can use one of the working screens with the broken laptop?
posted by une_heure_pleine to Computers & Internet (13 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
I've asked around, but everyone I know has a laptop rather than a desktop, so I can't find a monitor to hook it up to.
The laptop with the broken screen that I need to back up is a Toshiba Satellite L300, about 18 months old. The other two I have are a 1-2 year old Dell, and an old Toshiba Satellite circa 2001. All are running Windows, if that matters. They can all be hooked up to the same network if required.
The only one I'd feel ok dismantling at all is the old Toshiba- the Dell isn't mine and the newer Toshiba is still under warranty.
Is there a way to do this? What kind of cables would I need? Or is there some other way entirely to think about the problem?
I'm not scared of experimenting, but I'm not all that familiar with IT jargon, so plain English explanations appreciated.