quick question for 27 in imac in target display mode

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  1. Kalvus5 macrumors newbie

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    I know my mac is compatible, I'm just wondering if anyone knows if there is a way to only use the windows side as I am building a gaming PC and i do not want my processes on my mac side slowing anything down. Does anyone who does this settup know if running it on the mac side is even harmful to FPS? Will quitting out of all the applications before playing be good enough to not have any slowdowns?

    Thanks.
     
  2. blueroom macrumors 603

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    Use Bootcamp for Windows. It turns your Mac into a Windows PC.
     
  3. Kalvus5 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Oh good! I have bootcamp already, so if I plug in my tower how does it sense what computer to use?
     
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  5. Kalvus5 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    late 2009, it has a minidisplayport on the back so I think it should work, I just want to know the type of performance loss to expect running two OS's at once and any way to counter that.
     
  6. theSeb macrumors 604

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    If you're running in target display mode then your iMac acts as purely a monitor. You're not running two operating systems. The iMac will simply display what your other computer is feeding to it.
     
  7. panzer06 macrumors 68030

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    Just be careful about which card you buy. See this thread for more info.

    http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=1264950

    Cheers
     
  8. Kalvus5 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks for the help! One last question, which offers the best connection, dvi hdmi or displayport to mdp because my graphics card has all three and I wanted To know If there is a difference between the three
     
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    http://www.tgdaily.com/hardware-features/33161-a-comparison-of-next-gen-display-interfaces
     
  10. Kalvus5 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Alright and just one last last question :p if I have bootcamp already and windows 7 oem running on it, do I still have to buy another copy for my tower? Thanks.
     
  11. old-wiz macrumors G3

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    Since the tower is another machine you will need another copy.
     
  12. panzer06 macrumors 68030

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    Target display mode only supports connectivity (w/o adapters) and native resolution using displayport input sources. The easiest solution is to buy a card the has mini dislpayport out and use a simple mdp to mdp cable.

    Cheers,
     
  13. Kalvus5 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    The card has a displayport and not a minidisplayport, but I guess thatll work
     
  14. panzer06 macrumors 68030

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    That will work as long as you have the DP to mdp cable.

    Cheers,
     

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