iMac <-> MiniDP to HDMI converter <-> PC tower

Discussion in 'iMac' started by G.O.B, Oct 25, 2011.

  1. G.O.B macrumors member

    May 15, 2010
    Will this setup work? I have a new gaming tower built, and I'm wondering if I'll be able to use the iMac as a monitor if I connect through a Mini DisplayPort-to-HDMI converter and use Target Display mode? Will I be able to use the iMac's speakers as well?

  2. Reevsaj macrumors newbie

    May 3, 2011
    I don't think it will work if you have a Thunderbolt iMac.
    If you have the older Mini-Display Port model, it should work.
  3. G.O.B thread starter macrumors member

    May 15, 2010
    Thanks for the speedy response - I have the mid-2010 iMac (without Thunderbolt), so fingers crossed I'll be fine. Does anyone else know for sure either way?
  4. pjo macrumors regular

    Feb 20, 2006
    as regards the speakers

    those won't work. mini-dp -> hdmi doesn't carry sound backwards; only forwards - well at least not on any apple implementation (i haven't read the specs).

    another option to use your imacs screen as a second one is the non free software screen recycler. Link. In that case you still won't be able to use the speakers directly.
  5. Hellhammer Moderator


    Staff Member

    Dec 10, 2008
    What kind of adapter is it? Those cheap mDP to HDMI adapters only work the other way (i.e. mDP to HDMI, not HDMI to mDP). To connect an HDMI device to iMac, you will need a more expensive adapter ($150 the last time I looked).

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