Can the iMac be used as a regular monitor?

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  1. Gary King macrumors 6502

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    Can the iMac be used as a regular monitor? Or will an iMac always only work with Mac OS X / Linux running on the monitor? :eek:
     
  2. mkrishnan Moderator emeritus

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    The latter (although you have a strange way of putting it), unless you pop up the hood and do some major hardware tweaking....
     
  3. supergod macrumors 6502

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    Every two months it seems someone wants to take the iMac and use it as a monitor. I don't understand why. The thing is really not the greatest looker, weighs a lot and is bulky. It's also expensive as hell. Check the forums and you'll see maybe ten posts with the same question and the same answer: definitely not.

    BTW, you are seem to be very confused... Macs do not run Linux and the iMac is not a display, it is a computer. If you want a stylish (overpriced) display than you can purchase the apple cinema display and run Windows XP on it all the live-long day.
     
  4. Gary King thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Yes, I know what an iMac is. I'm just saying it in a way that makes it sound bad and horrific :p

    Anyways, too bad it can't be used as a regular monitor, then.

    I was going to use it as a regular monitor, but since I can't; I purchased a Mini instead that came with a monitor (hurrah!)
     
  5. mkrishnan Moderator emeritus

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    What I meant when I said that you had a strange way of asking is that the OS has nothing to do with it. This is true for pretty much any all-in-one or notebook from any manufacturer. The iMac G5 display will work for any OS that is compatible with the HW. If you buy a thinkpad or a PC all-in-one, you also will not, in pretty much every case of which I am aware, be able to drive the screen as a monitor for another device. Unless of course, you open it up and somehow solder a DVI plug in....
     
  6. thequicksilver macrumors 6502a

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    Most don't, but Macs can run Linux.

    Even Linus Torvalds runs Linux on a Mac.
     

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