iMac as monitor?

Discussion in 'iMac' started by LeorD, Aug 12, 2008.

  1. LeorD macrumors member

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    Hi, Guys
    I'm Very pleased with my iMac and it works perfectly, also i have my old windows IBM-T40 laptop and I was just wondering if there is a way to use the iMac as a monitor only so i can use my laptop in a 24" screen.
     
  2. wilmor42 macrumors regular

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    it won't work whatsoever im afraid,
    the iMac only had video output and no input..
     
  3. Metuas macrumors regular

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    Only from Mac to PC using ScreenRecycler and JollysFastVNC. It's shareware though.
     
  4. iMacSE500 macrumors member

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    I asked the guy at the Apple Store the same question. His response was also no. That is too bad.
     
  5. SnowLeopard2008 macrumors 604

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    Why in the world would you do such an atrocious thing? the iMac is a desktop all-in-one, not a cheap plastic monitor. pick up XP/Vista and use Boot Camp/Fusion/ or Parallels.

    Sorry to sound rude, but answer's no.. No input as someone said.
     
  6. WineLover macrumors newbie

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    Almost...

    You may not be able to use your monitor, but i've been using RDP (Remote Desktop Connection) for years. you can run that on your Mac now - it's been in beta for a while, but the version i'm using is pretty stable, and assuming you have your laptop on a network, you can "remote into" the laptop. I do it all the time because there are some Windows apps that i need to use for the office. Also, you can try as another poster suggested and run VMWare or Parallels, set up a WinXP instance, and then use RDP from that virtual machine into the laptop - you'll need to tweak network settings a bit. I'm not sure if you'll get the full resolution, but it will come close. I recently tried watching a Netflix movie this way, and the result was OK, but the video player needed some help. Netflix does not have an Instant-viewer app for Mac yet.
     

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