Can my MBP use an iMac as an external monitor?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by cricketbird, Oct 19, 2008.

  1. cricketbird macrumors member

    Feb 17, 2008
    I have a MBP (pre-October 2008) and have someone who's willing to sell me a 2007 iMac (aluminum) for cheap. I don't really need a desktop, but I'd love to use that nice big screen as a monitor for my MBP.

    Does this work at all?

  2. Wireless Buddy macrumors regular

    Jun 8, 2007
    Baltimore, Maryland
    You could do a VNC screen sharing thing, but it wouldn't be worth it. Just use the money to buy a regular monitor or even a small LCD TV.
  3. davidwarren macrumors 6502a

    Aug 28, 2007
    why wouldn't you just do what you needed a larger screen for on your imac?
  4. cricketbird thread starter macrumors member

    Feb 17, 2008
    Thanks everyone for the input. I probably won't get the iMac.

    davidwarren - I wouldn't work on the iMac mainly because I take my laptop with me everywhere and don't want to be bothered transferring files back and forth all the time. Also, the iMac's CD/DVD burner is broken, which is why my friend is selling it cheap.

    Mostly I was just looking at a cheap way to get a nice Apple monitor without buying a Cinema screen.

    Thanks folks for the advice :)

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