Imac 27" with thunderbolt connectors as an external monitor for a windows Laptop?

Discussion in 'iMac' started by veteq, Nov 8, 2011.

  1. veteq macrumors member

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    I remember reading about some issues with this setup but because I didn't need this feature I didn't pay much attention.

    Is this even possible? what cable do I need?

    It's a 3 month old IMAC 27" I7 computer.

    Any help in the matter would be greatly appreciated.
     
  2. derbothaus macrumors 601

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    Does your windows laptop have thunderbolt? I thought Apple owned it exclusively for a few more months.
     
  3. Anonymous Freak macrumors 601

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    The version that just has DisplayPort, not Thunderbolt, will work fine as a display to any Windows system with a DisplayPort output, as long as you have the proper physical adapter.

    The Thunderbolt model will only work with a Mac with Thunderbolt.
     
  4. derbothaus macrumors 601

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    So originating signal from TB can push Display port but Display port can't push to a TB equipped display?
     
  5. veteq thread starter macrumors member

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    That is what I was afraid off? I was hoping that there was a dvi to thunderbolt adaptor that would allow me to connect the two.
     
  6. theSeb macrumors 604

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    Correct. There is no target display mode in the 2011 iMac except from a TB mac computer.
     
  7. Anonymous Freak macrumors 601

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    There is nothing at all like that available. And, considering the iMac is the only computer with such a 'target display mode' (and very likely to be the only one,) I doubt anyone will ever create such an adapter. Just too limited of a market. (And likely too expensive of an adapter.)
     
  8. derbothaus macrumors 601

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    Thanks.
     
  9. eloh macrumors member

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    Hey Here is the thing though, I have a Late 2009 iMac and my mini display port is not working when connected to the PS3. (brand new adapter and hdmi cable) .

    Could it be that apple had converted all iMacs to only use the thunderbolt?

    I have Snow Leopard 10.6.8 and my display port status say not connected, but I also see a Thunderbolt section under Hardware. It says Thunderbolt: No hardware was found.

    Can some one tell me if all iMacs must now use a Thunderbolt.
     
  10. AdrianK macrumors 68020

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    The answer is no, TB is a hardware feature, so that would entirely disable the mini Display Port.
     
  11. eloh macrumors member

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    Thanks! Yeah I was doing some additional research and I found that I need to use the Belkin adapter...That is the adapter I was originally looking at but I thought $150.00...$30.00, "I'll save some cash" and now I just found out about the whole passive/active situation.

    So I guess I will just keep playing in my living room on the 45" and not in my man cave on the 27". $150 is too steep for my bank, "I got kids to feed"...lol
     
  12. panzer06 macrumors 68030

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    Yeah the 2009/2010 iMacs only support full target display resolutions and functionality when connecting Displayport devices. It works fine connecting a Windows PC with a Mini-Displayport connector but not one with HDMI output (unless you use the expensive convertor). It's a nice feature but not enough folks use it to make it worthwhile for adapter/convertor manufacturers to produce more reasonably priced solutions.

    Cheers,
     

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