2011 iMac as PC Monitor

Discussion in 'iMac' started by Newfiebill, Jun 9, 2011.

  1. Newfiebill macrumors regular


    Jan 6, 2011
    Hi Everyone,

    I am looking to upgrade my 2010 MacMini to an Core i5 2011 iMac. I have done a good bit of research about, connecting a HP Multi-Media "Windows 7" PC running AutoCAD 2009 to use a new 2011 iMac as an external Monitor without finding a lot of good information. The GeForce Video Card will do DVI & HDMI out. I know I can buy AutoCAD for Mac and will on my next upgrade of AutoCAD, however it's a pretty expensive price tag seeing that I just upgraded the AutoCad Software. Anyone have any success with this connection and what did you use in the way of cables? I'm thinking a DP-to-DVI Cable?

    Thanks for any help you can offer.
  2. Hellhammer Moderator


    Staff Member

    Dec 10, 2008
    Only devices with Thunderbolt can be connected to iMac in order to use it as a monitor. Currently, there are no HDMI to Thunderbolt adapters so this does not work. You could look into 2010 refurbs as they have regular mDP that can be used with PCs.
  3. turbobass macrumors 6502

    May 25, 2010
    Los Angeles
    Does the regular Mini Displayport cable just not fit into the Thunderbolt port? Or has anyone tried it and seen if it actually could work?
  4. rkaufmann87 macrumors 68000


    Dec 17, 2009
    Folsom, CA
    It does fit and it does work if you want to connect an external display to an iMac however it does NOT allow you to use an iMac as an external display to a PC. As has already been suggested if this is mission critical for you then you should look at refurbished 2010 iMacs while they're still available.
  5. obsidian1200 macrumors 6502


    Jun 19, 2010
    Albuquerque, NM
    Since you're using an HDMI-compatible PC, you might want to cool your heels until the new Kanex XD is released, which will support Thunderbolt. Check under the FAQs of the product page to see that the company has repeatedly stated that a Thunderbolt version is in the works :) Bear in mind that this solution will likely run for a pretty penny when released.

    Other than that, there's not much you can do to make your 2011 iMac work as a PC monitor. Have you considered trying to install Windows via bootcamp? Unless you need the extra horsepower of the HP desktop, dual-booting would work just fine for your needs. I'm not aware of any issues autoCAD may or may not have with bootcamp, however, so you may want to do more research.

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