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Is there any way for me to use my laptop screen as a screen for my Pi (Model B)? The cost of a HDMI to VGA converter as well as a good monitor with HDMI connectivity are a little high.

I have a Raspberry Pi Model B. Unfortunately, the model comes only with an HDMI and Component port for output and not VGA.

As an experiment, I am trying to share the video output of the device directly to my laptop using internet.

Since, I cannot RDP without an operating system present on the device, is there an alternative solution?

Any way of using the GPIO ports provided?

Thanks in advance - Ananth

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You have to 1) flash to an SD card a distro like raspbian then 2) power up your Raspberry Pi and access it via SSH using a client like PuTTY on your laptop (on the same LAN) with default credentials reported in your image, for raspbian defaults are:

  • Host Name: raspberrypi
  • username: pi
  • password: raspberry

Then you can use the command line from laptop to the Raspberry Pi. If you want/have to use raspberrypi's IP and you have a router then access its backend and find the list of network devices, just look for "raspberrypi" hostname.

If you want graphical interface, you can 3) install a vnc server via command line to get all candies.

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If you have a screen with a DVI input, you may use an HDMI to DVI cable to connect the Pi, it works great.

If you have a TV with a HDMI input, you may use it as well.

Anyway, you are going to need an OS on the SD card to use the Pi.

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If you have older laptop then search for S-Video input. If you have it, then CVBS to S-VIDEO convertor should be much cheaper.

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