Is it possible to connect a WiiU to an iMac?

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  1. the8thark macrumors 68040

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    Is it possible to connect a WiiU to an iMac? And use the iMac's screen as the display for the WiiU? And use all the WiiU internals, ie same thing as via the TV, only difference is swap the screen from TV to iMac?

    I was thinking a HDMI to another port, possibly TB (if that even exists) might do the job. But I just don't know. Would anyone have an idea of how to do this ? And if it is even possible?

    And would there have to be special considerations for the audio?
     
  2. musicpenguy macrumors 6502a

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    If I'm not mistaken the 27" iMac has an HDMI input so you can use it as an external display - that should work
     
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  4. musicpenguy macrumors 6502a

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    I believe Kanex and other companies have made Mini Display port to HDMI for this purpose.

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    http://www.kanexlive.com/xd

    This box will do the trick for you
     
  5. AcesHigh87 macrumors 6502a

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    That only works for pre-thunderbolt macs. Any mac that has a thunderbolt port rather than simply a mini-display and you're wasting your money.

    Therefore it really depends what iMac the OP has
     
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    I use the Kanex XD adapter on my iMac, though it's a pre-thunderbolt model.

    Whenever it kicks the bucket or I decide to get a new Mac I'll probably get a standard monitor to use in conjunction with a Mac Mini or Macbook Air so I can keep running a similar setup.
     
  7. blesscheese macrumors 6502a

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    That's my setup...I have a HDMI-to-DVI converter cable (cheap on Amazon) hooking up my Wii U to my Dell monitor, and have the Mac hooked up via the displayport cable.

    The only problem I encountered was recently with Zelda...it's detailed in another post, but, for whatever reason, every other game played the sound out through the gamepad ok, so I could just wear headphones. Wind Waker has required me to hook up my old Wii composite cables to get sound out.

    Of course, the solution would be to get a computer monitor with sound/built-in speakers, or something.
     
  8. neoelectronaut macrumors 68030

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    Speakers that are built-in to monitors are almost universally terrible though.
     
  9. sampson01 macrumors newbie

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    wii u hooked up to mid 2010 27 inch iMac

    Hey all, new to this forum so... I have no TV and want to use my iMac as the display for my wii u. I just bought a mini display port to hdmi converter for about 5 bucks on eBay. Hooked everything up and tried to go into target display mode by hitting cmd + f2 (well, fn + cmd + f2) This has no effect whatsoever. What the heck am I doing wrong? Very frustrating...
     
  10. pdjudd macrumors 601

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    As stated above:

    The Wii & Wii U do not have this so it will not work.
     
  11. sampson01 macrumors newbie

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    So what you're saying is that the picture by Neoelectronaut a couple posts above mine is a fake?
     
  12. pdjudd macrumors 601

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    no. His mac is a pre thunderbolt mac which can work. That doesn't negate my statement.

    He is using an adapter of some kind with mini display port. You need to hav a pre thunderbolt mac as mentoned above and the right adaptor to make it work. If yo don't - you are likley SOL.
     
  13. sampson01 macrumors newbie

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    I do have a pre-thunderbolt Imac. I guess I can't get this thing to go into target display mode because I don't have the right adapter. Again, it's just a five dollar "premium mini display port to HDMI" adapter. I'm not sure if it matters or not but my mac is a single core i3
     
  14. pdjudd macrumors 601

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    In that case, you are going to need something like that what was posted above:

    http://www.kanexlive.com/xd

    Whatever adapter you have isn’t going to be enough. It’s not doing the proper conversion. It’s likely just designed for video conversion and that’s it. It’s not a proper display source.
     
  15. johnnyfiive macrumors 6502

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    The Avermedia ExtremeCap U3 should work for the later thunderbolt based iMacs. It is the only product that I know of that allows you to play games on current iMacs.
     
  16. cmChimera macrumors 68040

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    Would this also work for MacBook Pro? I would imagine so, but I can't find anyone that's tried it.

    edit: noticed its usb 3.0 so definitely should.
     

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