2010 iMac - using it for a PC display

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  1. GrumpyGeek macrumors regular

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    Hello Macrumors,

    I have a 2010 iMac that I very rarely use. I am mostly on my PC for gaming and can't game on the iMac. The iMac still has a very nice display and would like to use it on my PC. Is this possible? I think i have to get a video card with a mini displayport so i can go mDP to mDP and put the imac into target mode?

    Is any of this correct?

    Thanks
    GrumpyGeek
     
  2. rkaufmann87 macrumors 68000

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    If the iMac is a 27" that will work.
     
  3. GrumpyGeek thread starter macrumors regular

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    Yes, my 2010 iMac is a 27". My current video card in my PC is has just a display port. Will that work or does it have to be mini DP to mini DP?
     
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    It has to have a mini-display port, you will be connecting a mini-display port to mini-display port cable. Follow Apple's advice in their FAQ about Target Display Mode. You can find it by Googling it.
     
  6. ytk macrumors regular

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    You should just be able to use an adaptor (such as this one) to convert from DP to MiniDP. Or you could use a DP to MiniDP cable, like one of these.
     
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    Don't be surprised if it does not work, however if you don't mind experimenting go for it.
     
  8. GrumpyGeek thread starter macrumors regular

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    Yeah i have been doing some reading i think that you are correct
     
  9. ytk macrumors regular

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    Why wouldn't it work? Displayport is electrically compatible with Mini Displayport, so there shouldn't be a difference between the two outputs with a simple passive adapter.

    Here's an account from someone who successfully connected a laptop with a Displayport output to an iMac in target display mode by using a Displayport to mini DP cable.
     
  10. GrumpyGeek thread starter macrumors regular

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    This is very encouraging. I will be picking one up today and see if it works..

    I will report back
     
  11. GrumpyGeek thread starter macrumors regular

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    I ordered the cable for 10 buck off amazon. I have my fingers crossed that mDP to DP works cause then i would have to switch out my video card
     
  12. GrumpyGeek thread starter macrumors regular

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    The mDP to DP cable work just great.

    Thanks for all the help peoples.

    Cheers!
    GG
     
  13. akm3 macrumors 68020

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    How good is this solution? Some people say they get audio through the iMac speakers, how does that work? Is there any lag or other issues?
     

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