Question: Older iMac Use with Mac Mini

Discussion in 'iMac' started by Renator, Apr 3, 2012.

  1. Renator macrumors member

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    I have an older iMac. I believe one of the first with the Intel Chipset. I cannot upgrade it to Lion. I am thinking of using it strictly as a monitor and plugging a new or refurbished Mac Mini into it. Is this possible or even a good idea?
     
  2. simsaladimbamba

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    It might work with AirDisplay or ScreenRecycler or if you are really good with electronics and can modify the iMac physically, as it has no proper video input.


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  3. kylera macrumors 65816

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    Take a look at this: http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=1110159&highlight=imac+g5

    The problem with using software is that the monitor will lag like mad.

    I don't know whether the early iMacs will support target display mode, but if they do, thats another option.
     
  4. simsaladimbamba

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    Only 27" iMacs (since 2009) and the 2011 iMacs support Target Display Mode.
     
  5. kylera macrumors 65816

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    Thanks for the correction; that's something to keep in mind.
     

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