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I want to use my laptop as a monitor for my desktop

My desktop boots up but the monitor says 'no signal'. can i use my laptop as a monitor for my desktop?

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No, that won't work. The laptop's monitor only displays on the laptop, and there is no video input on the laptop. Have you tried hooking the monitor to the laptop and see if the monitor works? If it doesn't, then the monitor needs to be replaced. If it does, then your video card is faulty and needs to be replaced.

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Check VGA cord connection, possibly try another, shorter VGA cord, plugging in cords BEFORE booting up computer, with monitor power on also. No signal is just computer telling you that it is not connecting.
You may have to go into Setup when computer boots up and turn on or select external monitor as some laptops may require this. Good Luck!
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    Sorry that I got the problem wrong and thus the solution! I read it too fast and assumed that, as many users, you wanted to use your monitor to display your laptop screen. Antiochpc is right. There may be a video output on a laptop, but no video input, so the only real simple solution is to leave the laptop out of the equation and try to find out if the video card on your desktop is bad, as Antiochpc suggests! Sorry I got the problem wrong. I will begin remedial reading lessons soon! I hope the problem is solved. Good luck!

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