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Old 10-03-10   #1
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Need 2 Computers, Fix Laptop, 2 Montors 1 Desktop, Lots of Things...


I coudn't think of a proper title, so just made it descriptive.

I have a standard functioning desktop in my room and a broken laptop (bad mobo probably) in my parents room.

Objective: to have 2 functional computers in the house , so that mom can play spider solitaire

Possible Solutions:
1. fix the laptop . tried this , the laptop worked for a few weeks , then failed again... too expensive to fix again X
2. sell the laptop on E, buy another laptop. But buying a whole laptop is out of my budget...X
3. use laptop components (display) a new mobo , a custom casing to create a super cool system . This is cheap, ideal and fun. But there are a lots of technical difficulties with this one. like finding a matching mobo (voltage/cpu compatibility) , making a proper case, etc etc . I am not knowledgeable in this area. Should this option be considered? pointers please !

4. Sell laptop on E , buy cheap netbook. cheaper than buying a laptop, but still will have to spend some extra dough.
5. sell some laptop components , make a cheap nettop, use it with the laptop LCD display. Problems with this: not sure if a cheap nettop can be made, connecting laptop lcd to a nettop's display port .

6 My favourite option. sell the laptop, buy lcd. use some splitting cable to connect both monitors to desktop. Put old monitor in parents room using some sort of extension cable or a wireless option?. Now all we have to do is put some software, to manage the users , you know different screens for different users.(unix style). there was one in the news recently so I am sure this is possible. Problems: don't think there is a wireless option, so would need a long extension cable. Edit: totally forgot about mouse/keyboard. guess this option is out too

Please advise.

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Re: Need 2 Computers, Fix Laptop, 2 Montors 1 Desktop, Lots of Things...

For the last option you have a KVM Switch thingy but I guess that allows only one set to work at a time.
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Re: Need 2 Computers, Fix Laptop, 2 Montors 1 Desktop, Lots of Things...

me thinks I need the opposite of what the KVM switch thingy does. that is have multiple users simultaneously use one computer using different screens.
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Re: Need 2 Computers, Fix Laptop, 2 Montors 1 Desktop, Lots of Things...

Google led me to this..

TeamPlayer -- TeamPlayer 2.2 for XP/Vista allows multiple people to work together on the same computer: Edit and review documents, discuss ideas and get feedback from your audience! The 2.2 version also includes support for dual and multiple monitor setups.

Its not exactly free.. soo..
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thanks dude, but I can get the software, I need help with the hardware.
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Re: Need 2 Computers, Fix Laptop, 2 Montors 1 Desktop, Lots of Things...

You said it urself .. u need extender cables like
2x USB for KB + Mouse
1x VGA for Display.

Although this would eliminate your ''privacy'' .. with ur Mom ur watching screen from her room ..
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Re: Need 2 Computers, Fix Laptop, 2 Montors 1 Desktop, Lots of Things...

Found something this is what fits my needs perfectly! . it runs over ethernet, so performance may be an issue, but i think it should be enough for solitaire.
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Re: Need 2 Computers, Fix Laptop, 2 Montors 1 Desktop, Lots of Things...

Its a Thin Client if i'm not mistaken.. No issues of the performance on this then
This will do just fine.

I frequented a CyberCafe in Mumbai which used to run 5 PCs using thin-clients.

His Primary System was a C2D E7200 + 2 GB RAM.

Browsing was really good. He had configured it somehow that it wasnt a multidesktop setup rather all PCs ran using their own account logins.

Good Solution . you shoud pat urself on the Back ,,
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Re: Need 2 Computers, Fix Laptop, 2 Montors 1 Desktop, Lots of Things...

the last option is out, mom can't stand any more wires in the house.

what would be the cheapest netbook with the largest possible screen ?
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