old iMac as external display

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  1. wrinkster22 macrumors 68030

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    I am not so sure where to put this.. I was thinking either peripherals, iMac, or macbook air.
    So I have a 2011 macbook air with a thunderbolt and want an external display. I was thinking of a refurbished 24" apple cinema display, but that is to large! So I was looking around at craigslist and found some iMacs from 299. It was pre intel though. Could I use an older iMac (maybe one of the early intel ones) as an external display?
    http://toronto.en.craigslist.ca/tor/sys/2618670842.html
    This is the perfect size..
    Any insight on using a used iMac as an external display for my thunderbolt macbook air would be appreciated,
    Thanks
     
  2. hafr macrumors 68030

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    If i'm not mistaken it's impossible to use iMacs as display only.
     
  3. Intell macrumors P6

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    Older iMacs cannot be used as external displays. Only the newer 27" ones.
     
  4. wrinkster22 thread starter macrumors 68030

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    I have heard of people using newer iMacs with thunderbolt as external displays using target display mode

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    why not :(
    Did apple make and smaller displays?
     
  5. Intell macrumors P6

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    Because its a feature to make them sell. Apple has made smaller displays in the past.
     
  6. wrinkster22 thread starter macrumors 68030

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    would it be worth it in your opinion to get an iMac g5 for 300$ so you don't need to always use your laptop?
     
  7. Intell macrumors P6

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    Nope. I'm trying to stay away from G5's. I have too many PPC Macs right now, don't need any more.
     
  8. wrinkster22 thread starter macrumors 68030

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    If you had 1 computer, a macbook air, would you get one? My uses for the machine would be would for word prossecing, listening to music, watching tv shows from iTunes and viewing photos
     
  9. Intell macrumors P6

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    Sure, but only after I checked real hard for an Intell one and made sure the G5 I was about to get didn't have any problems.
     
  10. wrinkster22 thread starter macrumors 68030

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    i was going to get it off ebay so i would not be able to tell.
    Would you be able to recceomend a cheap iMac
     
  11. Intell macrumors P6

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    A cheap iMac? The G3's cost only about $20, but shipping will kill you. The G4's have fallen in price, but can still cost a bit. The G5's, are good. So long as you don't get one with problems. Early Intell iMac's are good and don't have many problems. Later C2D Intell iMac's are still fetching good prices on eBay, as are the Aluminum ones. In my opinion the perfect balance of cost vs. longevity vs. usability are the early Intell CD and CS iMacs. But, if money is tight, a G5 would work.
     
  12. wrinkster22 thread starter macrumors 68030

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    http://www.ebay.ca/itm/Apple-iMac-2...ple_Desktops&hash=item4cfaf2e5c0#ht_500wt_898
    what about this? this seems good.
     
  13. Intell macrumors P6

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    That is a new-ish one, but still very good with lots of life left. I expect that to sell around $800.
     
  14. wrinkster22 thread starter macrumors 68030

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    it sold for 548 $$$$
     

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