MDp or Thunderbolt? to HDMI Adapter fo iMac

Discussion in 'iMac' started by SKATE4LIFE, Dec 9, 2013.

  1. SKATE4LIFE macrumors member

    Aug 1, 2011
    so i am interested in conecting my imac late 2009 -3,06 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo- to a flatscreen with hdmi,
    ((so i before looked vga but opted hdmi for better quality-thinking it is posible)),
    but looking, in descriptions of -mdi to hdmi-it said 'macbooks' is this explicit? why wouldnt it work with an imac? or its just saying it because there is no sense for an imac having another screen?

    this is the one i want to buy is it okay for my imac?[1]

    (((here the expensive one

    also found this one good reviews altough it says thunderbolt ¿?¿, what does that mean or difference in minisiplayport? - well looking at reviws people say its perfect for imac but i have the late 2009 one
  2. Twimfy macrumors 6502a


    Sep 11, 2011
    I'm not sure but I'd imagine it'd work ok.

    Why not make sure the part has a return policy, buy it and if it doesn't work, send it back?
  3. Bear macrumors G3

    Jul 23, 2002
    Sol III - Terra
    A 2009 iMac does not have Thunderbolt. As for the Thunderbolt to HDMI cable, I suspect it is just a MiniDP to HDMI cable and called thunderbolt since the new Macs have Thunderbolt ports.

    As for what will work, sometimes less expensive cables will work and sometimes they appear to work. How long will you be using the cable for? Remember the cable will work on the current Macs as well. Sometimes it's worth spending a few extra dollars for a long term item and sometimes it isn't.
  4. SKATE4LIFE, Dec 10, 2013
    Last edited: Dec 10, 2013

    SKATE4LIFE thread starter macrumors member

    Aug 1, 2011
    yes, i was also pretty sure why wouldn't it if its just conecting... i will check, thanks

    oh im so stupid, yes.... it does not have it.. thanks for saying :S :p

    really this is just to conect my tv, wich will never be moved, so durability does not mind, thats why i am going so cheap..

    i think at the end ill test this one its the cehapest, and altough it says macbook, in my imac there is also a minidiplay port so it should work no? (also anyways i have seen in toher webs the same and it says ''imac okay'')

    but just curiois about, it says it uses ''Mini DisplayPort V1.2'' is my late 2009 imac compatible will it work? ill be hooking it up to a HDMI V1.4

    edit: if it does not go just saw anotherone which says ''Mini Displayport 1.1a input and HDMI 1.3b port output'' so then maybe 1.1a will be ok with my imac? -how can i look this up?

    edit2: so i see in

    I/O ports
    Apple Mini DisplayPort video port

    Using the Mini DisplayPort video output port, mirror video or extend the size of your Mac OS X desktop (extended desktop mode) with a compatible DVI (Digital Visual Interface) display or VGA (Video Graphics Display) or projector using the appropriate Mini DisplayPort adapter:

    For Single Link DVI displays, use the Mini DisplayPort to DVI Adapter (MB570Z/A).
    For Dual-Link DVI displays, use the Mini DisplayPort to Dual-Link DVI Adapter (MB571Z/A).
    For VGA displays or projectors use the Mini DisplayPort to VGA Display Adapter (MB572Z/A).

    i'll have to use vga no? (also pretty sure i have 1.1a minidisplayport becuae of late 2009)

    -its okay, only that i wanted hdmi because the 5meter cable i found was 5$ cheaper than the vga (strange but yes..)

    edit3: now i am totally confused, here it puts my imac accepts hdmi and also audio, good news! so... i can use minidiplayport to hdmi no?

    sorry for redundancy, i just need someone to help and double check to see if ok
  5. Bear macrumors G3

    Jul 23, 2002
    Sol III - Terra
    Yes you can use a miniDP to HDMI Adapter.
  6. SKATE4LIFE thread starter macrumors member

    Aug 1, 2011
    Perfecto, that was it all, thanks all4the help

    ps: can someone reply if they know if its a problem if the adapter says hdmi 1.3 is it okay to use 1.4 ?version?

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