MacBook Pro 2009 as an External Monitor?

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  1. Clown macrumors member

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    Hello,

    I am going to get soon my late-2015 iMac 27" 5K. Currently I am using a MacBook Pro mid-2009.

    I would like to use my MacBook Pro as an external monitor for the iMac. Can it be done? If so, how?

    I have a female HDMI to Mini DisplayPort cable, and also a male HDMI to Mini DisplayPort cable.
    Can I use them to achieve my goal?

    Thanks guys.
     
  2. Clown thread starter macrumors member

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  3. hj576 macrumors regular

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    I dont know about apple products, but most other brands display ports (HDMI, VGA e.t.c) are out only, so they cant be used as external monitors. Cant say for apple, never owned one xD (yet)
     
  4. protoxx macrumors 6502a

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  5. BrianBaughn macrumors 603

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    If you could "trick" the iMac, via software or hardware, into thinking it has a second monitor attached then connecting the two separate computers via a capable screen sharing method would probably work.

    I don't know how to accomplish the trick, though.
     
  6. snaky69 macrumors 603

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    If you'd searched you'd have found that no port on the MBP is connected to the internal display, thus what you're asking cannot be done.

    It can't be done on just about 99% of laptops out there.
     

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