Possible to connect 2011 Air to 2009 iMac?

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by RealEvil, Jul 27, 2011.

  1. RealEvil macrumors 6502

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    Hi,

    My 11" MB Air Ultimate :)-)) is winging its way to me on a slow boat from China. In the meantime I have just realised that I probably cannot connect it to my 2009 iMac that has the MDP input.

    Do I have any options? Can I get a Thunderbolt MDP to Dual DVI cable and then connect that to a Dual DVI -> MDP cable (if they exist)? I want the full native iMac resolution and not 1080 resolution (I actually have a HDMI to MDP converter box for my XBOX 360 but that liimts to 720p).

    Thanks
     
  2. luvTN macrumors newbie

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  3. RealEvil thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Hi,

    Are you sure about this? I *think* I read that the new Thunderbolt machines can only plug into a Thunderbolt enabled MDP port. I mightbe wrong, and I hope you are right.
     
  4. szolr macrumors 6502

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    I believe you can use a mini display port to dvi adapter. http://store.apple.com/uk/product/MB570Z/A If you look through the questions and answers section there's a pretty clear post stating that "Thunderbolt is fully backwards compatible with Mini Display products". So this cable will work with Thunderbolt Macs.

    But I don't think a Thunderbolt cable will work with a non Thunderbolt Mac.
     
  5. artivideo.nl macrumors 6502

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    I got the last 4:3 imac version in 2009 and unfortunately you can not use them as monitor for your MBA (there is just no input). This is only possible with the 16:9 iMAC's.



     
  6. luvTN macrumors newbie

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    Honestly I lost my cable so I can't try it out right now but it's very likely to work. I think only when you have the new iMac (which is thunderbolt-ready), you need a thunderbolt cable (think output vs input).

    It's only a few bucks anw.
     
  7. DrDoug macrumors member

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    What did you do in the end. Did you get the two working together?

    thanks
     
  8. gentlefury macrumors 68030

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    Why do people call it ultimate? I've never seen that on the apple website as an option, but I constantly see people referring to their MBA as ultimate....it sounds so Microsoft and I don't like it.
     
  9. fyrefly macrumors 6502a

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