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

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

  1. LVBrian macrumors newbie

    May 2, 2009
    Can it be done? If so what interface? Are there any disadvantages?

    Thanks in advance

  2. Drharrington macrumors member

    Jan 1, 2012
    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 G3

    Mar 29, 2008
    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

    Jan 1, 2012
    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.


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