Control second laptop from first ....?..toggle back and forth...?

Posted on 2007-07-24
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Last Modified: 2010-03-18
Hello, I have two laptops  computers...can I network them together ..? where I can control the second one from the first ones' keyboard..would it be possible to toggle between the two ...?
I need to pull up websites and having a second screen would be a help and faster I assume?
Regards Deek
Question by:deekmartin
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ibu1 earned 240 total points
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You are looking for vncviewer

Install the program on both the pc.
start the vncserver on one pc and start vncclient from the other to access the vncserver pc.

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simprix earned 240 total points
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Give this a try. I think it is exactly what you are looking for. http://synergy2.sourceforge.net/

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abuckheit earned 240 total points
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network them with a cat5 Crossover cable, not a regular cat5 cable.

give them both static ips on the same subnet.

then use synergy to do what you want:
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bdabye earned 540 total points
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Assuming you follow the directions above and get the hardware working properly, so that you can ping one laptop from another, depending on your O/S and configuration, you can use Remote Desktop Connection. Are both laptops on a domain ?

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hello..no not on a domain but one will have Vista and the second one XP...is that a problem..
Thanks Deek

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bdabye earned 540 total points
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I'm going through this right now, I find sharing resources and network connectivity to be troublesome between the two systems.   Without a domain, I gather its troublesome.  E.g. you can't use remote assistance to go from XP to Vista, but you can do it the other way.  I assume (haven't tried) you can do remote desktop, but I see loads of posts online about people having problems.  Then you have to account for the built in firewall in Vista to be configured to allow outside connections to remote desktop etc. I suppose it all depends on how you want to control one computer from another. VNC might be easier.
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pgm554 earned 120 total points
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What are you trying to do EXACTLY?

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berrelez earned 120 total points
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Why don't you control it remotely with Ultra VNC?  It's easy to install and configure.  You can even do file transferring through it.



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