Can the iMac be used as a regular monitor?

Gary King

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Can the iMac be used as a regular monitor? Or will an iMac always only work with Mac OS X / Linux running on the monitor? :eek:
 

mkrishnan

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Gary King said:
Can the iMac be used as a regular monitor? Or will an iMac always only work with Mac OS X / Linux running on the monitor? :eek:
The latter (although you have a strange way of putting it), unless you pop up the hood and do some major hardware tweaking....
 

supergod

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Every two months it seems someone wants to take the iMac and use it as a monitor. I don't understand why. The thing is really not the greatest looker, weighs a lot and is bulky. It's also expensive as hell. Check the forums and you'll see maybe ten posts with the same question and the same answer: definitely not.

BTW, you are seem to be very confused... Macs do not run Linux and the iMac is not a display, it is a computer. If you want a stylish (overpriced) display than you can purchase the apple cinema display and run Windows XP on it all the live-long day.
 

Gary King

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Yes, I know what an iMac is. I'm just saying it in a way that makes it sound bad and horrific :p

Anyways, too bad it can't be used as a regular monitor, then.

I was going to use it as a regular monitor, but since I can't; I purchased a Mini instead that came with a monitor (hurrah!)
 

mkrishnan

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Gary King said:
Yes, I know what an iMac is. I'm just saying it in a way that makes it sound bad and horrific :p
What I meant when I said that you had a strange way of asking is that the OS has nothing to do with it. This is true for pretty much any all-in-one or notebook from any manufacturer. The iMac G5 display will work for any OS that is compatible with the HW. If you buy a thinkpad or a PC all-in-one, you also will not, in pretty much every case of which I am aware, be able to drive the screen as a monitor for another device. Unless of course, you open it up and somehow solder a DVI plug in....