Pismo powerbook as an external monitor

Can I hook the mac mini to a laptop and use it's screen as an external monitor? The pismo has a vga-out connector?

Can I hook the mac mini to a laptop and use it's screen as an external monitor?
If you use ScreenRecycler and a network connection; all solutions of this type require a separate monitor for setup. Except for recent 27-inch iMacs, a Mac's video port only provides video out.

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    There is no limit to the number of times you can re-install Office on the same computer.
    You can activate by telephone:
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    Hi all,
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    or shorting could result. Use a plastic or nylon tool.
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    1. Check display cable connection.
    2. In the U.S., contact Apple Technical Support.
    3. Replace display cable (international only).
    4. Replace display (international only).
    5. Replace I/O logic board.
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    1. Verify display cable and inverter board cable connections to the I/O logic board.
    2. Replace inverter board.
    3. In the U.S., contact Apple Technical Support.
    4. Replace display cable (international only).
    5. Replace display (international only).
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    2. Try different resolutions in the Monitors control panel.
    3. Try another monitor cable and verify the video adapter has part number 590-1123 on the adapter.
    4. Try another monitor.
    5. Restart unit and reset PRAM.
    6. Replace I/O logic board.
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    1. Connect power adapter.
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    3. Verify display cable, inverter board, and I/O logic board connections.
    4. Connect external, known-good monitor.
    5. Verify inverter cable is properly connected.
    6. Replace inverter cable.
    7. Replace inverter board.
    8. In the U.S., contact Apple Technical Support.
    9. Replace display cable (international only).
    10. Replace display (international only).
    11. Replace I/O logic board.
    An external monitor connected to the computer shows either horizontal or vertical rolling, or horizontal or vertical distortion
    1. Try different resolutions in the Monitors control panel.
    2. Verify monitor using another computer.
    3. Try another video adapter and verify the video adapter has part number 590-1123 on it.
    4. Replace I/O logic board.
    Backlight doesn’t operate; screen is very dim
    1. Adjust screen brightness setting.
    2. Verify backlight cable connection is secure.
    3. Check display cable and inverter board connections to the I/O logic board.
    4. Verify inverter cable is properly connected and that cable is good.
    5. Verify cables are not pinched or severed.
    6. Replace inverter board.
    7. In the U.S., contact Apple Technical Support.
    8. Replace display (international only).
    9. Replace I/O logic board.
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     Cheers, Tom

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