Can I use my 2009 i mac as a second monitor with new 27inch 2012 i mac

Sanjayamssd

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Hi,
Couple of weeks ago I bought a new 27 inch imac (2012) with mini display port. Also I was using 2009 i mac with Mini DVI port. Is it possible to use my 2009 i mac as a second monitor (Dual monitor setup) with my new i mac? Please help me to solve this issue.
Sanj
From Melbourne - Australia
 

kylera

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Dec 5, 2010
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Hi,
Couple of weeks ago I bought a new 27 inch imac (2012) with mini display port. Also I was using 2009 i mac with Mini DVI port. Is it possible to use my 2009 i mac as a second monitor (Dual monitor setup) with my new i mac? Please help me to solve this issue.
Sanj
From Melbourne - Australia
Is the most recent iMac a refurbished model from 2 years ago that you are referring to? All iMacs as of May last year use Thunderbolt instead of minidisplay.

If your 2009 iMac is a 27 inch model, then yes. If not, then no.
 
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Stetrain

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Is the most recent iMac a refurbished model from 2 years ago that you are referring to? All iMacs as of May last year use Thunderbolt instead of minidisplay.
Thunderbolt ports are also mini-displayport ports.
 
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Sanjayamssd

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RE: kylera's Reply

RE: kylera's Reply
Thanks for the Reply. My 2009 i mac is 27 inch. Also my new 27 i mac have two thunderbolt ports.
 
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Sanjayamssd

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Jun 7, 2012
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Oh yeah, you can use Thunderbolt iMac as the primary driver, but not the secondary unless the primary has Thunderbolt, right?
Yes primary one has the Thunder bolt. But Secondary one(2009 27" i mac has the mini DVI port)
What sort of hardware (Adapter + cables) I need to use for this?
 
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Intell

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Mini-DVI would make it a 20 or 24" model. This model cannot be used as an monitor.
 
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Intell

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That's a 24" model. Note the metal frame around the glass. The 21.5" and 27" have glass all the way to the edge. They do look nice together though.
 
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