Connecting MBPr to iMac via Mini-Display port to hdmi cable.

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  1. FatGuy007 macrumors 6502

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    Currently, I do not have a thunderbolt cable and tired of pouring out money to apple, plus I have a iMac 2010 with only mini-dispaly port. So would this configuration work, since the MBPr has and HDMI port I can plug in the HDMI, then plug in the Mini-Display Port to HDMI cable, and plug the mini-display port into the iMac. Would it work just as the Thunderbolt to Thunderbolt?
    Oh and I'll be using Target Display Mode.
     
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    Its an adaptor from mini displayport to hdmi, thanks for the link! But its too steep for me.
     
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    Just wondering, are mini-display port as speedy as thunderbolt. like the mission control and launchpad gestures are smooth?
    I remember reading an article that thunderbolt cable works with a mini display port device, but a mini displayport cable doesnt work with a thunderbolt, am i wrong?

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    Wouldn't the iMac work exactly the same as an Thunderbolt/Cinema Display?
     
  8. Stetrain macrumors 68040

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    Thunderbolt is Displayport + PCI-Express for things like external drives.

    For display performance they are both exactly the same.

    Your MBP has Thunderbolt ports, but they are backwards compatible with Mini-Displayport. Your iMac only has Mini-Displayport. Apple's own recommendation for the 2010 iMac's Target Display Mode is a Mini-Displayport cable:

    http://support.apple.com/kb/HT3924
     
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    Than why did they make 2 different cables that are almost exactly the same thing?
     
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    They aren't the same. Mini-Displayport is only display. Thunderbolt is display + data.

    For example the Thunderbolt display gives you the display, audio to the speakers, video back from the webcam, as well as USB, Firewire, and Ethernet ports on the back, all over the single Thunderbolt connection.
     
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    If you refer to Thunderbolt and Mini DisplayPort, then that has to do with Thunderbolt being more than just a video transmission interface, it also transmits data between external storage and signal in/output devices.

    To learn more about Thunderbolt (TB) and its compatibility with Mini DisplayPort (MDP):
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  12. FatGuy007, Aug 15, 2012
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    Wait, I have a 21" iMac 2010, I have read from several people target display mode does not work when I can see the option right on the screen?
     
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    For the 2010 models only the 27" supports Target Display mode:

    http://support.apple.com/kb/HT3924


    Where do you see the target display mode option on screen?
     
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    Oops, sorry my mistake it say Target Disk Mote, very sleepy sorry about that.
     

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