How To Use iMac 27" as a Monitor w/ Mac Pro w/DVI

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  1. ponymusic macrumors newbie

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    I have a 2006 Mac Pro Tower that only has DVI out for video monitoring. I just bought a iMac 27" and would like to use that as my monitor for my Mac Pro . I purchased a Gefen converter that is supposed to make my DVI compatible with Mini DV but it does NOT work. Has anyone had any luck and if so can you please post in detail what you did and where to get the products to make it happen.

    Thank you so much!

    Anyone?
     
  2. IgnatiusTheKing macrumors 68040

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    According to this article, the iMac will only support DisplayPort devices, so the setup you're attempting won't work.
     
  3. gianly1985 macrumors 6502a

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    Edit: I see you already got the Gefen adapter, maybe it is not compatible with the new 27" imacs?

    This new Atlona adapter is said to be compatible:

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  4. Transporteur macrumors 68030

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    Did you read the text that's in the picture?

    It's NOT compatible as it's limited to 1920x1200.
     
  5. Heilage macrumors 68030

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    You're in a pickle. You can't do it, quite simply. You need native DisplayPort or an adapter that converts Dual-Link DVI to DisplayPort.
     
  6. knewsom macrumors 6502a

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  7. gianly1985 macrumors 6502a

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    I wrote the text in that picture :confused: (with Skitch).

    If he wants to use a (single link) DVI interface he will get a non-native resolution (1920x1080), isn't it possible? Of course the result will be quite sh i t t y....

    The real solution is buying a new video card with a Mini-DP.

    But that doesn't mean that adapter won't work.
     
  8. Heilage macrumors 68030

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    It's a 2006 Mac Pro, there is no video card with Mini-DP for it (I think).
     

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