Using iMac and Mouse and Keyboard with MacBook Pro

Discussion in 'iMac' started by WolverineKS, Feb 2, 2013.

  1. macrumors newbie

    Dec 14, 2012
    COMMAND + F2 :) Yes I did that but still noticed some problems:

    Cable used: Thunderbolt.
    MacBook model: 15" Macbook Pro Retina Display.
    iMac Model : 27" Late 2012 Model, these thin ones!

    What I did: Connected them with thunderbolt, pressed Command+F2 on iMac's keyboard.
    Result: Yes I had the control of my MBP on my iMac display.

    Issue: I could NOT use Mouse or Keyboard of my iMac now. I still has to use MacBook's mouse and keyboard. Which is ridiculous! When I do the switch obviously I want the full control. I can't put MAcbook under my arms start typing on its keyboard and see the results on the iMAc display.

    Are these other things to do to fix this that I am not aware of ?
  2. macrumors regular

    Jan 14, 2013
    Melbourne, FL
    Have you disconnected the thunderbolt cable connecting the two? Why did you connect the two in the first place? To be able to control your MacBook Pro with your iMac? It seems that you have to enter another Command series again to disable whatever the heck you've enabled, lol.. Good luck.. If I were you, I would call Apple, I'm sure they'd be able to get your straightened out a lot faster than someone on here would. As you at talking directly with Apple then, but on here, you're waiting for a response.
  3. thread starter macrumors newbie

    Dec 14, 2012
    Ok got it working:

    turn off both devices.
    connect them with thunderbolt cable
    turn on MacBookPro AND keep holding the "T" key on its keyboard. You will see it will go to a disk mode with some thunderbolt icon showing on its screen.
    Turn on your iMac AND keep holding the OPTION key on its keyboard. You will see it will show you some hard disks on the display. Pick the one that is for the MacBookPro.
    Done! Now Nothing from iMac is running in the background, iMac's peripherals are working for MacBookPro AND EVEN better: you are using CPU Power and RAM of your iMac to run MacBookPro.

    NOTE: to turn off, don't just unplug the thunderbolt cable, first shut down the computer, then unplug the cable.
  4. macrumors regular

    Jan 14, 2013
    Melbourne, FL
    Glad you got it straightened out! That would freak me right out if I had something like that happening with my stuff. I'd be in the classic "Awe dangit, what did I do now?!" lol
  5. macrumors newbie

    May 19, 2012
    Gold Coast, Australia
    This seems like a great solution.

    Why has no one else suggested this. It actually gives you the power of your iMac while still being able to use you macbook while on the go.

    The only negative I can see is the danger of accidentally disconnecting the thunderbolt cable before shutdown.

    No more need for a macbook dock!

    No more need to plug in usb keyboards into my macbook :):):)

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