Target display mode by default


rkaufmann87

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Hi, I have a late 2009 27 inches iMac that I use as a server and as an external monitor for my MBP. Is there a way that the iMac could be in target mode by default?

Thanks
No, there isn't any settng that I know of in OS X to do that. However you could attempt writing either a AppleScript or Automator script to automate the process.
 

WilliamG

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No, there isn't any settng that I know of in OS X to do that. However you could attempt writing either a AppleScript or Automator script to automate the process.
That's the best suggestion, so then on boot-up you can have it switch to Target display without user input. I don't think there's any other way around it.
 

Akos

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how?

how did you do this? i tried it with my imac 27 inch late 2009 thunderbolt and i cant make it work at all.

i wanted to use it in target display mode with an hdmi feed from a videocamera as well.




Hi, I have a late 2009 27 inches iMac that I use as a server and as an external monitor for my MBP. Is there a way that the iMac could be in target mode by default?

Thanks
 

IlikeMacsSoMuch

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how did you do this? i tried it with my imac 27 inch late 2009 thunderbolt and i cant make it work at all.

i wanted to use it in target display mode with an hdmi feed from a videocamera as well.
Hi, the 2009 iMac doesn't have thunderbolt but it has mini displayport, you need to use a mini display port cable. To use it with a hdmi cable, no mather the source, you need a converter:

like this or this

I don't know atlona but I have the Belkin and it works, but, keep in mind that the iMac has an insanely high definition and that at best you'll be inputing 1080p in it. Plus, with any conversion you loose quality, so don't expect to much quality. Does your camera have component cables? Because if so, you could use a Elgato eyetv hd. And you can use it to record live tv, I use mine all the time.

To use target display mode you press cmd+ F2, just in case you didn't know.

Hope it helps