Connecting old iMac to new MacBook?

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by soccersquirt82, Nov 27, 2009.

  1. soccersquirt82 macrumors 6502

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    I am getting a new MacBook and would like to occasionally hook it up to my iMac. The problem is that my MacBook is the early 2006 model and therefore has a Mini DVI port. I am guessing I would need a Mini Displayport to Mini DVI cable? I can't find a cable like this that exists. Help?
     
  2. tallguy macrumors regular

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    You want to use the imac as an external display for the macbook? I'm pretty sure that's not possible unless you have the new imac's that were just released. Someone correct me if I'm wrong. If you do have a new imac then yes I suppose you would need a Mini Displayport to Mini DVI cable.
     
  3. soccersquirt82 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Yes, I would like to use my early 2006 model of the iMac as an external display for the MacBook. And since the Mini Displayport (on MacBook) to Mini-DVI (on old iMac) cable does not exist (as far as I know), does anyone have any creative solutions to enable me to do this?
     
  4. DewGuy1999 macrumors 68040

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    Can't do it. Both the MacBook's and the iMac's video ports are video OUT ports. Only the new late 2009 27" iMac has the ability to be used as a display for another computer, etc.
     
  5. tallguy macrumors regular

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    I'm in exactly the same boat as you are. I was slightly disappointed when I found out that it couldn't be done but life goes on :p
     

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