Maximizing Thunderbolt Display Usage?

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  1. iAppl3Fan macrumors 6502a

    iAppl3Fan

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    Current Setup:
    - 2011 27" iMac
    - 2012 15" RMBP + Thunderbolt Display

    I currently have the above two computer setup on my desk. Ideally, I'm interested in maximizing the usage of the Thunderbolt Display between the RMBP and iMac without having to plug/unplug the Thunderbolt Display cables to attach it to the RMBP and iMac. The TBD cables are a bit of a challenge to switch between systems because the monitors are against the wall. I also have two sets of keyboard and mouse (one for iMac and one for RMBP when connected to TBD).

    Is there a particular way I should plug in the TBD so I can easily switch between the RMBP and the iMac? Could I be using a KVM or plug an extra thunderbolt cable into one of the systems into either the TBD or iMac to make it easier to make it a display for the RMBP?

    Basically, I'm interested to see if I can simplify my setup while utilizing two separate computers with a TBD in the mix.
     
  2. Outrigger macrumors 68000

    Outrigger

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    it is already simplified. There is no KVM switch that would work with the TBD. you cannot switch sources like a traditional display. honestly, it is already simplified with just one cable. maybe changing up your setup location?
     
  3. paulrbeers macrumors 68040

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    Google: https://discussions.apple.com/thread/3659094?start=0&tstart=0
     
  4. iAppl3Fan thread starter macrumors 6502a

    iAppl3Fan

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    That's what I thought as well. Unfortunately, I don't have the workspace other than to have the screens against the wall. Thanks for your input.

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    Nice find. I read through and it seems like it's not possible. Thanks for your help.
     

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