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Old 08-17-2001, 03:24 PM   #1
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Using laptop as monitor ...

I have an HP Pavillion n5470 laptop with a 15.1 inch TFT screen.

Soon for a project I am going to have a 20U half-rack of space at a colocation facility. Obviously, I'd rather not waste 4-5U of space to stick in a big old bloated desktop monitor.

I'd like to be able to use my laptop as a sort of "portable monitor" that I can hook up to a server for configuration and/or other things.

Any ideas?
Old 08-17-2001, 08:31 PM   #2
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I'm not an expert, but I don't believe any laptops have that kind of feature yet. I could be wrong though. You could always network your laptop and computers together, and do it off the laptop.

My .2 cents
Old 08-18-2001, 06:39 AM   #3
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How bout using the serial console? Your notebook can use any telnet client to connect thru a null-modem cable serial<-->serial. I do it all the time with my itty bitty HP100lx (well it was itty bitty when I bought it). Using 'vi' is a bit buggy but not enough to make me look into why.
Old 08-22-2001, 11:22 AM   #4
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If you only have a serial terminal connection, then pretty much all you can do is open up a terminal. If you have a tcp/ip connection, then you can do all the normal spiffy stuff.. telnet, ftp, etc. Also if you have a compatible breed of unix/xwindows between your rack and laptop, you can redirect your x session to your laptop.. Not sure why you'd be running xwindows on a rack, but that's for you to decide =)


vi might be giving you issues because of your terminal emulation settings. it might be defaulting to ANSI emulation
#echo $TERM
Try setting it to vt100.
bash# export TERM=vt100
tcsh% setenv TERM vt100


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