iMac 27" (no TB) -> Windows laptop- am I getting this right?

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  1. Abyssgh0st macrumors 68000

    Abyssgh0st

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    So I've got both a 27" iMac and a Windows gaming laptop. What I'd like to do is connect my laptop to my iMac in order to gain more screen real estate for gaming. Here are the specifics:

    27" iMac: 2011 model with DisplayPort.
    Laptop: HDMI and VGA.

    If I go MiniDP to HDMI adaptor -> HDMI cable -> HDMI in on laptop, will I be able to use the iMac as a display? I'm a little iffy about the possibility of doing this while the iMac is in OS X, but I also have it Boot Camped where I have much more faith that this will work.

    Thanks!
     
  2. theSeb, Jul 23, 2012
    Last edited: Jul 23, 2012

    theSeb macrumors 604

    theSeb

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    The 2011 iMac has Thunderbolt. Do you have the 2010 model?

    Edit: Just noticed your signature and it is the 2010 model. Since the target display mode in the 2010 models works with stuff like a PS3, then it will work with any other device, such as your windows laptop. Leave it in OS X and make it go into target display mode. There is only one problem. You need to go Laptop --> HDMI --> miniDisplayPort. There are no cheap HDMI (male) to miniDisplayport (female) adaptors. You would need a Kanex XD.

    http://www.amazon.co.uk/Kanex-HDMIM...1?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1343036823&sr=1-1

    £125
    That would be for output from the iMac, not input into the iMac. The miniDP to HDMI adaptor outputs from the miniDP port and not the other way around.
     

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