New IMAC 27' as an external Monitor

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  1. iWoz macrumors 6502a

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    I heard this is possible, however will it be possible with a windows laptop ( dell e6400) It's a work laptop and wasn't sure If I could do this with some sort of adapter.


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  2. robbieduncan Moderator emeritus

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    What sort of outputs does it have. The iMac requires DisplayPort (both in terms of plugs and signalling). If you have an HDMI/DVI output you can get an active converter for about $150-$180.
     
  3. iWoz thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Using a docking station it has the below Video ports

    VGA, 2 x Display Ports, 2 x DVI-D,
    2 x HDMI (via dongle)
     
  4. robbieduncan Moderator emeritus

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    Then you should be OK with a Display Port -> Mini Display Port cable.
     
  5. iWoz thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Ok thanks! Just to confirm, I have a Minidisplay port to DVI adapter from using my macbook pro with a samsung monitor, Will I just be able to use that the other way round then?

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  6. robbieduncan Moderator emeritus

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    No. As I said above it has to be Display Port signalling/protocol: you must connect to a DisplayPort output, not DVI, not HDMI, not VGA. Anything other than DisplayPort will require an expensive, active converter.
     
  7. iWoz thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Ok thanks, Can you provide me with a link to what I need to purchase? That would be much appreciated :)
     
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    Wow, you really like to be spoon fed eh? Anyways this is a DisplayPort to Mini DisplayPort cable. Take a good look before ordering and be sure the DisplayPort (the bigger end) will fit in your port.
     
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    Oh Yes!:cool: Thanks!!!
     

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