can you use imac just as a monitor

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  1. Acorn macrumors 68020

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    just curious if you can hook up another machine or xbox 360 to the imac and use the imacs display.
     
  2. Acorn thread starter macrumors 68020

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    on the 2010 models this is called target display mode. just wasnt sure if thunderbolt connection supported it.
     
  3. simsaladimbamba

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    It is still supported on 27" iMacs, regardless of MDP/TB. But you need a converter to ... ahem, convert the signal from the XBox to Thunderbolt.


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    Not true (unless they've changed something in the last ~8 months I've owned my 2011 iMac). The 2011 27in iMac will only support video-in for target display mode from another Thunderbolt source.

    I didn't believe it when people were saying it, so I tried it with my PS3 via a Thunderbolt/MDP-to-HDMI adapter and it didn't work =\

    But a 2011 MBA/MBP/Mini should work just fine.

    Can anyone attest to this?
     
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    That is why I said "converter" and not "adapter". There were "DVI or HDMI to MDP" converters before, though I haven't found any "HDMI or DVI to TB" converters yet.
     
  7. KylePowers macrumors 68000

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    Ah, okay. Fairly misleading to me as I tend to find 'adapter' and 'converter' synonymous (at least with video cables). I suppose there is a difference though, just didn't think that's what you meant. My mistake.
     
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    Maybe this can help.
     
  9. Acorn thread starter macrumors 68020

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    this kinda surprises me because thunderbolt is suppose to be backwards compatible with display port. if you connect a mini displayport to dvi to a macbook pro thunderbolt and the dvi to a monitor it should work.

    kinda sucks that for instance you cant have a pc and just change the target display mode on the mac.
     
  10. JRS21015 macrumors newbie

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    How helpful is it to offer a solution involving a device not known to exist? :confused:
     
  11. simsaladimbamba

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    I don't know. I should have said "Not possible then" just because I couldn't find such device? :confused:
     
  12. JRS21015 macrumors newbie

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    How about this, if you do not have a viable solution to the problem at hand don't say anything at all. Suggesting a device that is not known to exist, just makes no sense.

    Maybe you are just one of those guys/gals who feel the need to chime in regardless of their ability to help, or not. If this is the case then just say " I do not know if you can do this or not! "

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    Back to the issue at hand .....

    Having just acquired a brand new 27" iMac I would be interested in knowing if the OP's issue has a real solution.


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    Affirmative.
     

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