Use iMac as secondary display for a windows laptop

Discussion in 'iMac' started by 13Black, Jun 13, 2016.

  1. 13Black macrumors newbie

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    Jun 13, 2016
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    Hi,

    I have a HP laptop (windows 7) and would like to extend my display towards my imac, late 2013 (Yosemite) I'm using a thunderbolt cable to do so.
    I tried:
    1. connecting the two while they are both awake and running - no luck
    2. connecting them when they are both closed - no luck
    3. alternating one closed one open - no luck
    I used the Fn +F8 and win key + P on the hp win laptop to try to add the display and also used CMD + F2 as well as CMD + FN + F2 on th imac and nothing.
    The laptop could not see a second monitor in the control panel + Display settings.

    Is this even possible? There is a lot of confusion out there!
    Thanks,
    Alex

    P.S. I also tryed connecting my mac book pro - late 2013 (windows 7) through the same procedures, no success. I'm a .NET developer and need windows to code.
     
  2. redheeler macrumors 603

    redheeler

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    Oct 17, 2014
    #2
    Does the HP laptop have a Thunderbolt port, or Mini DisplayPort? If it only has the latter, using a Thunderbolt cable wil make no difference.
     

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