iMac as External monitor

Discussion in 'iMac' started by owen.andrews.00, May 12, 2009.

  1. owen.andrews.00 macrumors newbie


    May 9, 2009
    Hi All

    I have an iMac G5 1.8 GHZ
    And a Mac mini intel core duo

    is it possible to use the imac display as a monitor for the Mac mini

    I am aware of software such as screen recycler that uses a firewire cable but id like to connect directly via VGA/DVI so it dont lag

    An comments appreciated

  2. smurfjammer macrumors 6502a


    Jun 7, 2004
    Auckland, New Zealand
  3. Beanlok macrumors regular


    Nov 28, 2008
    No...It Sucks! Ive wanted to do this. It technically is possible. You'd have to totally gut the imac and figure out the display power and rig it up. While you're in there throw the mini in and have a C2D imac.
  4. edgew8 macrumors regular


    Dec 8, 2008
    HAHA, yeah I wish. The major hurdle is hooking up the lcd's inverter to the mini's logic board (or any other motherboard out there besides the g5's logic board) and as far as I know cannot be done.

    This project is like a holy grail of hardware hacks and people have been trying to do it with laptop screens since...forever. Sadly this kind of project requires the expertise of an engineering team to figure out all the power wiring and hooking up the lcd to a graphics card or port.
  5. old-wiz macrumors G3

    Mar 26, 2008
    West Suburban Boston Ma
    You can use a usb video-in card from Elgato on the iMac. A pain to do so really.
  6. MTI macrumors 65816

    Feb 17, 2009
    Scottsdale, AZ
    The video in from Elgato isn't digital, is it? I thought it was more along the lines of S-video and/or composite.
  7. old-wiz macrumors G3

    Mar 26, 2008
    West Suburban Boston Ma
    Elgato offers a new model that accepts s-video.
  8. Hellhammer Moderator


    Staff Member

    Dec 10, 2008
    iMacs don't have input, only output. You can't use iMac's screen as a monitor.
  9. old-wiz macrumors G3

    Mar 26, 2008
    West Suburban Boston Ma
    You can with the Elgato devices.
  10. willcapellaro macrumors 6502

    Oct 20, 2011
    Unhelpful reponse: Look up requirements for firewire and/or thunderbolt target display mode. I know it is possible with thunderbolt, and perhaps is possible with firewire, but I might be thinking target disk mode for firewire.

    If not, you are inconvenienced like most Apple users at some point of owning a device. Hopefully you've made good use of your devices. But they've got new things for you and you'll be really happy with them. Just ignore the fact that you'll soon be in the same boat, after what is hopefully a long honeymoon.

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