Connecting rmbp to iMac

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  1. Meister Suspended

    Meister

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    Couldn't get the answer elsewhere:

    If I connect a macbook (2013) via thunderbolt cable to a iMac (2010), can the macbook use imac as a screen and use the imacs ports (bluetooth,usb, ethernet, firewire)?
     
  2. redheeler macrumors 603

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    No, in fact it will not work on a 27'' 2010 at all with a Thunderbolt cable. It will only work with a Mini DisplayPort cable.

    On newer iMacs that will work with Thunderbolt there still isn't any port sharing.
     
  3. Meister thread starter Suspended

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    Thx for the answer!
    That's a downer. :(

    What year does the iMac have to be from for the screen to work?
    What's :apple:s excuse for portsharing not working?
     
  4. redheeler macrumors 603

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    27'' with Mini DisplayPort (2009-2010) or any with Thunderbolt except for the retina (2011-present).

    Moving those 3-year-old Thunderbolt displays ;)
     
  5. TheBearman macrumors 6502

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    You can use a mini-display port cable between the two to do screen sharing, I do now. The rMBP will use the display-port cable and a TB cable in the same port, the older iMac can only support the display-port cable.

    Search on target display mode. You'll only be able to use the display, but that does give you a fair amount of additional real-estate.
     
  6. robgendreau macrumors 68040

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    Actually, since the mini display port cable is cheaper, it's a Good Thing. Rarely do you hit an Apple option that is LESS expensive. :eek:

    As for port sharing, meh. Not high on the list for most folks. But I used my 2010 a lot with another computer, and depending on what your needs you can accomplish a lot with over your network with VNC or just switching back to the other machine. It had firwire and I used the HD connected to it over the network, for example.
     
  7. Meister thread starter Suspended

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    Not if you already have a tb cable. :(
     
  8. redheeler macrumors 603

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    I could imagine almost anyone would want port sharing.

    But Thunderbolt Bridge could get the port sharing job done. Connected drives mount just like servers on the network. I do this a lot with my headless Mac mini connected with Thunderbolt to share a drive that's connected to the iMac.

    Exactly. I was in the same dilemma back when I wanted to use my 2010 as a display. But Mini DisplayPort cables can be found cheaply.
     

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