iMac 2012 as a display for PC

Discussion in 'iMac' started by dal'h, Oct 11, 2018.

  1. dal'h macrumors newbie

    Oct 11, 2018

    I have searched everywhere and found contradictory information hence referring to you, the experts.

    I have an iMac, late 2012 27" (13,2) and have recently got PC with Radeon (295x2) and 4xDP and HDMI. I have read many sources that there was a way of having my iMac running Target Display Mode and some other sources confirmed I cannot have my iMac as a display for my secondary PC with 295x2.

    Also, I read about 3rd party video recap devices and have seen that it was possible to connect PS4 to iMac and have its display done that way, hence supposed, can this be true for the PC too?

    As a conclusion, is there any way I can have my display to display the secondary PC's output?
  2. FlorisVN macrumors 6502


    Nov 8, 2013
    Pas far as i know target display mode only works on thunderbolt connection with 2011 or later imac.

    This is nit the case with older imacs..

    So you need a thunder bolt mac or pc..
  3. dal'h thread starter macrumors newbie

    Oct 11, 2018

    I have a Thunderbolt mac. I have seen some threads on the Internet where some has confirmed they have been successful connecting with some sort of cable, however, with confusion regarding DP and Thunderbolt (the original Thunderbolt) connector, I was never sure whether it applies to my situation or not.

    Also, what about third party 'video recap' devices? Are any of these OK with the current problem?

    Is there really NOTHING that can be done to stream signal from my Radeon and have it displayed on my 2012 iMac?
  4. Peter_M macrumors member

    Jun 20, 2018
    There is nothing to do. Unfortunately Apple needlessly gimped the iMac in this regard.
  5. azentropy macrumors 68020


    Jul 19, 2002
    With 2012 models you can connect a thunderbolt Mac to a thunderbolt Mac using a thunderbolt cable (not to be confused with a DP cable which looks identical). That’s it. If you are just looking to use the iMac as a display you would be better off selling it and buying a nice 27” display and pocketing the extra $$$.
  6. Peter_M, Oct 12, 2018
    Last edited: Oct 12, 2018

    Peter_M macrumors member

    Jun 20, 2018
    No you can't with the 2012 iMac model and later, people have tried several times, and it doesn't work. By all means, continue to flog a dead horse, but it's a waste of time. I've read about newer network solutions, streaming from a computer in your house to a separate monitor (this would be the iMac in Bootcamp). That might possibly work, but that would be the only way.

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