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

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
 

forty2j

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

furi0usbee

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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.
 

DDustiNN

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Not unless the Windows laptop happens to have Thunderbolt output, which is highly unlikely.
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 :(
 

forty2j

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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 :(
No, starting with the 2011 iMac, the only video in accepted is Thunderbolt and there are no adapters from other kinds of input.
 

DDustiNN

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

Sad news indeed :(
 

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