iMac as a secondary monitor for a WinXP laptop... Is it possible?

Discussion in 'iMac' started by DDustiNN, Oct 23, 2012.

  1. DDustiNN macrumors 65816

    DDustiNN

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    I am thinking of getting a new computer within the next few months, and it seems to be perfect timing with the announcement of the new iMac. I like how compact and nice-looking it is.

    My question is... Can it be used as an external monitor for an HP laptop using WinXP? My work laptop has a very tiny screen, so when I work from home I'd love to have a larger screen to work with.

    So if this will work, what kind of cable would I need? And is there any special setup I'd have to do, or just plug it in? I'm hoping for something quick and easy.

    On a side note, I'd also like to do the same thing with my MacBook Air for app development, although this isn't exactly a requirement.

    Thanks for any input :D
     
  2. forty2j macrumors 68030

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    Not unless the Windows laptop happens to have Thunderbolt output, which is highly unlikely.
     
  3. furi0usbee macrumors 68000

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    As far as I know, iMac only has video OUT, you would need a video IN from your laptop. The iMac's I use anyway don't allow this. Would be a nice feature though.
     
  4. DDustiNN thread starter macrumors 65816

    DDustiNN

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    It certainly does not. Is that really the only option? There's no conversion cable or anything? Or like a regular monitor port or something? I think I might be bummed :(
     
  5. forty2j macrumors 68030

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    No, starting with the 2011 iMac, the only video in accepted is Thunderbolt and there are no adapters from other kinds of input.
     
  6. DDustiNN thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Well that explains the conflicting information I keep finding when I search, some yes and some no...

    Sad news indeed :(
     
  7. forty2j macrumors 68030

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    The MBA will handle it just fine though. :)
     

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