Use Imac as second display

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  1. jpuk81 macrumors newbie

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    HI all!
    I need to use my old Imac (24" mid 2009) as a second display for my new iMac (27" AUG 2013). I bought a thunderbolt cable and connect the two but it didnt work (obviously). Is there any way I can do this? Any adapter or something? Thank you!
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  2. simsaladimbamba

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    AirDisplay or ScreenRecyclerX can help.

    A wired network connection is better than a wireless connection for that case, and you can always sell the TB cable or even return it.
     
  3. jpuk81 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Great tip! I didn't know the existence of these softwares. Which of the two would you recommend?
    thank you very much!
     
  4. simsaladimbamba

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    AirDisplay, it worked with only minor bugs compared to ScreenRecycler, and it is also much easier to setup.
     
  5. jpuk81 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Brilliant! I'll give it a try! thanks simsaladimbamba
     
  6. rkaufmann87 macrumors 68000

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    You don't need software, you simply need the correct cables. A 2009 iMac did no thave Thunderbolt, therefore what you need is a Thunderbolt to Mini-Display port adapter and a Mini-Display port cable to connect to the 2009 machine. I'd recommend before posting on a forum that you do a littler research, Apple provides a FAQ on Target Display Mode (TDM) which can be found at:

    support.apple.com/kb/HT3924
     
  7. Miguel Cunha macrumors 6502

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    Can you do the same with a very old PowerBook G4?
    It has great monitor.
     
  8. simsaladimbamba

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    Forget that, as the 24" iMac is not supported inTarget Display Mode, as it is an early 2009 iMac and not a late 2009 27" iMac, which would have been supported via a simple "Mini DisplayPort to Mini DisplayPort" cable according to the FAQ you "linked" to.

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    Only with that ScreenRecyclerX application, but it does not state any requirements besides Mac OS X version, therefore you have to try it first, if PowerPC Macs are supported.
     
  9. rkaufmann87 macrumors 68000

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    You are correct, I misread the OP's original post and did not catch it's a mid 2009, I thought it was a late 2009 model. Good catch on my poor reading!
     
  10. simsaladimbamba

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    That is what we are here for, correcting mistakes from others as openly as possible, disregarding one's own mistakes of course. Lalalaala :D
     
  11. Miguel Cunha macrumors 6502

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    Thank you... again.

    I've taken a peek and it seems promising.
    I believe PPC is supported, but Ill have to check it out.
    The other requirement is JollysFastVNC.
     

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