3 Replies Latest reply on Mar 31, 2013 4:31 AM by fmassenn

    Pi Screen Display ?


      How easy is it to connect a Pi to a Laptop and use that Laptop's screen as the Pi's display unit ?

        • Re: Pi Screen Display ?

          I've not tried it on a pi, but one reasonable way is to run an 'X Server' on your laptop.

          There are a few X servers available for free, but some are flaky. Maybe try the Cygwin one.

          Once the server is running (it sounds counter-intuitive, but the laptop client is actually

          running the X server) then the pi will be able to communicate to the laptop's X Server

          via the network connection.


          If you meant to do just a 'screen capture' style of thing, then you could use the

          composite analog video out with a 'capture card' type of thing, but this is not the same

          experience as an X server.


          If your use-case is to be able to see video-related content (e.g. images and video) from your

          pi on your laptop, then I'd suggest some alternate method, for example video streaming over

          the network.


          If the use-case is to be able to write software for the pi, then you don't really need to see the

          desktop of the pi. You could just write the code on your laptop, and use secure file transfer

          and secure shell to transfer it to the pi and execute it.

            • Re: Pi Screen Display ?

              You can also use VNC. I run my pi's headless, but on the odd occasion I want to see a screen I just start the vncserver.


              I ssh'd and and did

              sudo apt-get install tightvncserver


              followed the prompts,


              then did




              the first time you run it it will ask you to set a password - enter what you want, but remember it


              it will respond with something like


              New 'X' desktop is <your raspi hostname>:<display number>


              then on your vncclient


              tell it to connect to either

              <your raspi hostname>:<display number>


              if it says it can't find that, then just

              <your raspi hostname>

              but change the port to

              5900 + <display number>

              so if <display number> is 1

              so the port would be 5901 not the default 5900


              the password will be the password you entered when you started the server


              I hope this makes sense to you




            • Re: Pi Screen Display ?

              I really urge you to install an x11vnc server on your Pi, and not the tightvncserver package. The main reason is that probably as most of us you expect seeing on your remote PC the same screen that you see when sitting in front of the Pi (i.e. the HDMI screen = DISPLAY 0: ). X11vnc installs this "out of the box".

              After installing by >sudo apt-get update  and then >sudo apt-get install x11vnc by sure to run x11vnc once by >x11vnc -storepasswd.

              If you want to have it starting automatically when your X desktop comes up, you have to create an autostart directory in your hidden .config directory and add a file x11vnc.desktop :

              Here a file that shows this all and ***is working***


              Installing x11vnc on Raspberry Pi

              with autoload  in X at boot time



              file: x11vnc_RPi.doc
              version 1.0

              30 March 2013-03-31



              1. Why x11vnc ?


              X11vnc enables to access the default desktop out of the box (i.e. the desktop is the same as that of the user pi sitting in front of the computer)


              1. Installing and configuring x11vnc


              1. sudo apt-get update   (just in case)

              2. sudo apt-get install x11vnc

              3. run once > x11vnc –storepasswd

                          This creates a directory .vnc (in users /home/pi ) with the file passwd

              1. create a directory autostart in .config  (it it does not exist) and in /autostart the file x11vnc.desktop with the following lines

              [Desktop Entry]




              Comment=starts x11vnc server with X
              Exec=x11vnc –forever





              1. reboot