Any way to use a late 2009 iMac as display for a Mac pro

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  1. mayhone1 macrumors regular

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    I have a 2009 iMac and may want to upgrade soon to a Mac Pro however because of a tight budget I may not have enough for the apple display so I was wondering is there a way, even a hack, that would allow me to use my late 2009 iMac as a display?

    Thanks. :apple:
     
  2. xav8tor macrumors 6502a

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    If you have the 27 inch iMac, then yes. I do exactly that. It is called target display mode. No need for a hack, it is a built in Apple feature.
     
  3. mayhone1 thread starter macrumors regular

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    I know that works with the 27 models, just wondering cause I have the 21.5 model, is there any way to do this on that?
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  4. xav8tor macrumors 6502a

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    All of the Apple references I read state that, for 2009 models, only the 27 works that way. Sorry.
     
  5. mayhone1 thread starter macrumors regular

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    Thats why I was wondering if anyone has figured out a way, just because apple says this only works here doesn't mean thats the case people have hacked other things, siri for example.
     
  6. MovieCutter macrumors 68040

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    No.
     
  7. ActionableMango macrumors 604

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    Use OS X "Screen Sharing" until you can get a proper monitor. With a direct gigbit ethernet connection it should be speedy.
     
  8. mayhone1 thread starter macrumors regular

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    Thanks, I'll try that...
     

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