Mac Pro '08 / iMac 27"

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by Killerbob, Jan 24, 2010.

  1. Killerbob macrumors 6502a

    Jan 25, 2008

    I have the early-2008 Mac Pro with the 8800GT video card. Hece I do not have the Mini Displayport needed to connect it directly to an iMac 27" to use it in target display mode, which I want to do.

    To make this happen I have a few questions;

    - Is the only way to upgrade the video card to the HD 4870?
    - Do I still need two keyboards and two mice?
    - When switching to target mode, using my Mac Pro on the 27", can I still have the iMac be doing things in the background?

    And, finally, I guess another option would be to use the Mac Pro with the 27" in target mode, but only have one keyboard/mouse hooked up to the Mac Pro, and then use screen sharing into the iMac?

    Thanks in advnace for any comments.

  2. kellen macrumors 68020


    Aug 11, 2006
    Seattle, WA
    There are converters out there, but they run 200 or so.

    You can also get a GT120 graphics card. Someone is selling it for 100 in the marketplace.
  3. ZennZero macrumors member

    Mar 21, 2008
    Question 1:

    You can get the Gefen EXT-DVI-2-MDP for $80 from That's what I did to hook my 8800GT-equiped Pro to the LED Cinema Display. Works perfectly.

    Question 2:

    I believe so, unless you use a KVM.

    Question 3:

    Not sure about that one. Try the iMac sub-forum.

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