2009 iMac 27 as a monitor for a newMac Mini??

Discussion in 'iMac' started by LVBrian, Apr 10, 2013.

  1. LVBrian macrumors newbie

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    Can it be done? If so what interface? Are there any disadvantages?

    Thanks in advance

    Brian
     
  2. Drharrington macrumors member

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    No problem. All you need is a two male mini display cable (not thunderbolt). We use it all the time. When its plugged in - it enters target display mode. Works great. One of the reasons those 2009 27s retain their value....
     
  3. WilliamG macrumors 604

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    For things like a Mac mini (with Thunderbolt), you don't need just a 2009 27" iMac. You can do it with any 27" 2009-2012 iMac since Thunderbolt devices (Mac-wise) work fine. For non-Thunderbolt connectivity to the iMac, that's where the 2009-2010 27" iMacs have something over their later iterations.
     
  4. Drharrington macrumors member

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    Bear in mind -- there are some limitations (not quite being a cinema display but close) -- for instance -- believe the built in facetime camera won't work -- sound should be fine --- just some limitations.

    Yeah, essentially the 09 and 10s have the pleasure of serving in that capacity for anything in the mac universe.

    Cheers:)
     

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