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

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  1. Sanjayamssd macrumors newbie

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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
     
  2. kylera macrumors 65816

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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.

    If your 2009 iMac is a 27 inch model, then yes. If not, then no.
     
  3. Stetrain macrumors 68040

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    Thunderbolt ports are also mini-displayport ports.
     
  4. Sanjayamssd thread starter macrumors newbie

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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.
     
  5. kylera macrumors 65816

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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?
     
  6. Sanjayamssd thread starter macrumors newbie

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    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?
     
  7. kylera macrumors 65816

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    EDIT: Mini DVI? I don't think it is possible then.
     
  8. Intell macrumors P6

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    Mini-DVI would make it a 20 or 24" model. This model cannot be used as an monitor.
     
  9. Sanjayamssd thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks for your time Kylera

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    Thanks Intell
     
  10. Intell macrumors P6

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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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