Use iMac with bad hard drive as monitor?

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  1. deanarnold macrumors newbie

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    My 2008 iMac won't boot up past the pinwheel spinning. Is there a way to use another computer (I have a Macbook and a mini) and simply use this old iMac as a monitor? Or is that iMac ready for the trash pile?
     
  2. andy9l macrumors 68000

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    No.

    Have you tried verifying the disk or wiping and reinstalling OS X on the iMac?
     
  3. deanarnold thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks.

    I took it into MacAuthority and they did all their tricks to save it and declared it dead. I just wondered if I could still use the monitor.
     
  4. andy9l macrumors 68000

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    Bummer. Target display mode requires a booted and awake iMac, I'm afraid.
     
  5. Fishrrman macrumors G3

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    [[ My 2008 iMac won't boot up past the pinwheel spinning. Is there a way to use another computer (I have a Macbook and a mini) and simply use this old iMac as a monitor? Or is that iMac ready for the trash pile? ]]

    Can't be used as a monitor for another Mac. Simply impossible on that vintage of iMac.

    However -- even if the internal drive is bad, you can still connect an EXTERNAL drive via firewire, and boot and run the old iMac that way.

    Boot times will be slower, but once up-and-running you probably won't notice much of a difference at all.

    This assumes that only the internal drive has failed, and that all the other internal hardware is still ok.

    If you don't want to do this, your realistic options are:
    1. get the internal drive replaced
    or
    2. start looking for a new iMac (or other Mac).
     

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