Connecting Mac mini1,1 to iMac(Powermac) screen sharing

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by Lakelife, Jan 14, 2013.

  1. Lakelife macrumors newbie

    Jan 14, 2013
    I would like to use the flat panel on an iMAC(Powermac 6,3) as a monitor for my Mac mini1,1 that will be without a monitor for a limited time.
    I prefer to link both computers via Firewire and NOT through ethernet LAN.
    Can this be done through "screen sharing"? Or through "Firewire Target mode?
  2. cjgonzales1900 macrumors regular

    Jan 10, 2009
    You can do it thru Firewire target disk mode, but the computer your connecting it to would only see it as a external hard drive so technically it wouldn't be using it as a Display.
  3. Lakelife thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jan 14, 2013
    Thanks, but I guess that would not help me to run the iMAC as a display for and from the monitor-less Mac mini. Correct?
  4. FreakinEurekan macrumors 68040


    Sep 8, 2011
    Eureka Springs, Arkansas
    The feature you're describing is "Target Display Mode" and unfortunately is available only on Mid-2009 and later iMacs.

    It's possible to use some remote control software (guide here) to operate your Mini from your iMac.
  5. Lakelife thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jan 14, 2013
    Looks like using Target Mode is a no-go.
    I have not quite yet digested all the info given in the link but it appears that it is designed to run (or monitor) one (client) computer from another (administrator) computer. And perhaps it may require that both have a display.

    What else is available to just use the built in screen on the iMAC as a display for another computer (Mac mini)??
  6. iPhil macrumors 68040


    You could do a COTVNC system Server on the mini n Viewer on iMac ...

    Info - COTVNC :eek:

    I used to use that system between iMac G3 n XP system n I use ScreenShare between '11 Mac n '06 Mac same system path as before but all apple polish on it ...
  7. tdhurst macrumors 601


    Dec 27, 2003
    Phoenix, AZ

    You can use screen sharing if they're networked, but I don't think Firewire is supported in this way anymore.

    What's your objection to using ethernet or WiFi?
  8. Lakelife thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jan 14, 2013
    No WiFi for the iMAC. :mad:
    I could try to set up a LAN for the two using ethernet connections again, but what would I gain? I have tried using "screen share" but it only lets me see what is displayed on the iMAC not what I am doing on the mini. I am not trying to control the iMAC from the mini (or vice versa) - just trying to use its display. :confused:

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