Non Apple Laptop and 2012 iMac (21.5") as external monitor?

Discussion in 'iMac' started by akapaul, Apr 23, 2012.

  1. akapaul macrumors member

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    Is anyone connecting a non Apple laptop (such as an HP) to a 2012 iMac (21.5") and using the iMac as an external display?

    I searched around lightly and found that most use their MacBooks and MacBook Airs but I really have not seen many folks use non-Apple laptops.

    I was thinking of picking up a 21.5" iMac and buying a cable (display port to mini display port). I was then thinking of connecting my HP laptop to the thunderbolt port in the iMac and using the iMac as an external monitor.

    This should work flawlessly correct? I just want some feedback from someone who actually has this setup and is happy with it. :apple: Much appreciated!
     
  2. ezramoore macrumors 6502a

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    21.5" iMacs have never supported Target Display Mode, so no. That wouldn't work.
     
  3. JaHull macrumors member

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    The 2011 iMacs will only accept an input from a ThunderBolt source and a ThunderBolt cable so to be able to use the iMac as an external display for a none Apple laptop they will need to be equipped with a ThunderBolt port.
    It is only safe to assume that the 2012 models will only accept input from a ThunderBolt source as well.

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    The 2011 21.5" iMacs do support Target Display Mode.

    http://support.apple.com/kb/TS3775
     
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  5. akapaul thread starter macrumors member

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    So sounds like the current iMacs will not allow what I am looking for. Let's hope the new refresh will change this. Thanks for the feedback.
     
  6. laptops4college macrumors newbie

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    Thanks for this info guys. I'll check this out.
     
  7. Stetrain macrumors 68040

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    Not sure why you would do that, unless you wanted to use the iMac as it's own computer as well sometimes.

    You could get a high quality 21.5" display for much cheaper than an iMac.
     
  8. theSeb macrumors 604

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    You can use the 2011 iMac as a display for all 2011 Mac computers with thunderbolt.
     
  9. jsolares macrumors 6502a

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    No, the refresh won't change it, the new iMac will also be thunderbolt based, you could use a 2010 27" iMac though it's performance will be lower :S

    Maybe those Kanex boxes for thunderbolt actually come out
     
  10. ezramoore macrumors 6502a

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    Someone else already mentioned that.
     
  11. akapaul thread starter macrumors member

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    I want to connect my work computer when I work from home.
     
  12. smaragdina macrumors newbie

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    I also have the same requirement (work requires me to use a windows laptop, I need a larger monitor and already have an Imac).

    Is there anyway screen share remotely through wireless etc?

    Thanks.
     

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