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 PostPost subject: Laptop mounted to a monitor?        Posted: Fri Apr 18, 2008 10:32 pm 
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Hi, I have been looking for a silent pc for a while, and came up with an idea, I installed xp to a flash drive, which seems to only work on my laptop, not my desktop. This makes the laptop completely silent. I don't need the power of my desktop all the time, and was wondering if there is a way to mount my laptop either behind my desk or on the back of my monitor. The monitor is 20.1", the laptop is 15". The idea was this: I would have the laptop on my primary monitor, and then the desktop on the one to the right of it. I would attach my wireless keyboard and mouse to the laptop, and use synergy to control the desktop. I would have it go to standby after a few minutes, and turn the hard drive off after one minute. That way, for easy tasks which aren't computing intensive, the laptop should suffice, but for video conversion, to a certain extent playback, as well as file storage. What do you think? Is it a plausible idea?


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It can.

But i would put the laptop under or just behind the monitor.
And the settings of the standby and harddrive turn off could be done in the power options.

But if you use the harddrive turnoff function, if its just powered off, you power it on, and then power off again.
That can reduce the lifespan of the harddrive because it continually needs to poweron and when its powering on, the computer freezes or slows down when its powering on.

So what i would do is that the standby function is great but not the HD power off.

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My new plan is this:
Use standby and hdd turning off for the desktop, which I will load with ubuntu(I only stayed away from ubuntu because of the lack of multimonitor support, which using the laptop will remedy), the laptop will go behind the desk, and use my flashdrive as a primary hdd, so as to remain silent. Any big files can be accessed on the laptop's internal drive, hopefully rarely.
Any suggestions are welcome.


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My new plan is this:
Use standby and hdd turning off for the desktop, which I will load with ubuntu(I only stayed away from ubuntu because of the lack of multimonitor support, which using the laptop will remedy), the laptop will go behind the desk, and use my flashdrive as a primary hdd, so as to remain silent. Any big files can be accessed on the laptop's internal drive, hopefully rarely.
Any suggestions are welcome.


Flash drives are slower then the normal HDD, but thats your choice.
And ubuntu has multiple monitor support (i saw someone do it).

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