hooking an imac up with thunderbolt from MBP

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  1. stefmesman macrumors 6502

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    so, if i use my thunderbolt cable to hook up my late 09 imac. will it be able to use the usb ports on my imac?

    Also. i got an fw 400 audio interface on my imac. (800 to 400 cable) could music i play on my mbp be redirected through the 800 port of the imac to my audio interface? as it would be a hassle changing out the 800 cable everytime from mbp to imac...

    any other solutions for this?

    thanks!
     
  2. robbieduncan Moderator emeritus

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    No. For a couple of reasons at least:

    1) A late 09 anything does not understand Thunderbolt

    2) Unless specifically advertised just having a Thunderbolt port does not imply that the device has the controller circuitry to act as a "hub" for all the other ports in it: if you hook together two Thunderbolt capable MBPs they don't see each others ports for example.
     
  3. stefmesman thread starter macrumors 6502

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    but if i hook up an ACD with minidisplayport it does recognise the USB ports... right? so does it also recognise USB ports on my imac? when i use it as a screen?

    im not going all on thunderbolt i was just implying that that would be what i use. i know the imac only has minidisplay.
     
  4. ZombieZakk macrumors 6502

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  5. stefmesman thread starter macrumors 6502

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    yes it is. :)
     
  6. FSMBP macrumors 68020

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    If you're using the 27" ACD, then you're plugging in a the MiniDisplay Port, and a separate USB cable; the USB cable where it recognizes devices and sends it back to your Mac via the USB.

    But, that's assuming you're using the latest ACD (which does not have ThunderBolt, but a MiniDisplay Port).
     

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