Using The Intel Imac As An External Monitor

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by Kobaiyashi, Mar 15, 2006.

  1. Kobaiyashi macrumors member

    Oct 16, 2005
    Hey all,

    Was wondering if it would be possible to connect a laptop to the DVI port on the intel iMac and convert my imac into an external monitor.

    I ask because I would love to buy a 20 inch intel imac and use it as an external monitor for my 12" thinkpad when i get home (instead of looking at the IBM's small screen).

    I realize I can buy a seperate LCD but that's just extra money :)

    Thanks in advance for your help!

  2. notjustjay macrumors 603


    Sep 19, 2003
    Canada, eh?
    Not possible.

    DVI ports are one-way (output) devices.

    Closest you can do is use VNC or some other remote desktop program to remotely see the laptop screen on your iMac.
  3. Kobaiyashi thread starter macrumors member

    Oct 16, 2005
  4. Shamus macrumors 6502a


    Feb 26, 2006
    I dont understand.....your going to buy an iMac to use as an external screen? Why dont you just use the iMacas you computer when you get home?

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