Target display mode with PC

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  1. viajero78 macrumors newbie

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    Hi,
    Is it possibile tuo use an iMac as a Monitor for a pc notebook?
    I tried a thunderbolt - HDMI cable brut it doesn't Work.

    Trans in advance
     
  2. maflynn Moderator

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    No, I don't think it will work, since the PC doesn't have that functionality built into it.
     
  3. jobs.jdfournier macrumors newbie

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    Depends which model. I do it with my late 2009.
     
  4. rkaufmann87 macrumors 68000

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    NOPE, please read what Apple says in

    https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT204592

    Specifically, "To use your iMac as a display, connect it to another Mac using the correct cable (see System Requirements below). Then press Command-F2 on the keyboard connected to your iMac. When you're done, press Command-F2 again.
     
  5. v.i.p.e.r macrumors newbie

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    the newer ones did not support the target mode ..
     
  6. viajero78 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    It's mid 2011 bus it doesn't works with pc.
     
  7. maflynn Moderator

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    You connect to a PC via TDM?
     
  8. jobs.jdfournier macrumors newbie

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    Well to my hp laptop yes. I used a minidisplay port to display port cable and it worked fine. No special software needed on the laptop. Not sure when they stopped supporting that, but I am guess in 2011 when they went to thunderbolt.
     
  9. Weaselboy Moderator

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    It sounds like you are just outputting the video signal to the HP and that is not the same thing as TDM. In TDM you are actually booted to the drive inside the target Mac. I don't know of any way you could do that from a PC.
     
  10. jobs.jdfournier macrumors newbie

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    Ok yes you are right, just displaying and sending the sound to the Mac. They must have changed the definition of TDM. At least it used to mean just using the iMac as a display. https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT204592
     
  11. Weaselboy Moderator

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    Ackkk.... I did not help by adding to the confusion. You are talking about Target Display Mode and I was talking about Target Disk Mode. I apologize for the confusion. :oops:

    https://support.apple.com/kb/ph10725
     
  12. jobs.jdfournier macrumors newbie

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    No problem.It was a great feature and too bad they got rid of it for pc. I think more related to the thunderbolt interface.
     

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