Using iMac as a display for a PC...possible?

Discussion in 'iMac' started by JC-223, Aug 27, 2013.

  1. JC-223, Aug 27, 2013
    Last edited: Aug 27, 2013

    JC-223 macrumors newbie

    Aug 27, 2013

    I hope I am posting this in the right forum subsection. Forgive me if i'm not. I have a quick question regarding using an iMac as a 2nd display for a PC Laptop.

    Basically i have a Samsung laptop running Win 7 Home 64 bit - this one to be precise (all tech specs for it are listed on that page too):

    Now, I plan on upgrading my current 2010 Macbook Air over the next few days. I'm thinking about an iMac, although may go for a Mac Mini with seperate TB Display or something, not sure yet.

    What i want to know is, is there any way i can use either the iMac or TB Display as a display for my Samsung laptop?

    That's all i require - i'll keep my Windows laptop and run all my PC programs on that but just have its main display be the iMac (or TB Display).

    Any help greatly appreciated.
    Thanks guys
  2. JC-223 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Aug 27, 2013
  3. old-wiz macrumors G3

    Mar 26, 2008
    West Suburban Boston Ma
    Specs say the thunderbolt display only works with thunderbolt input.

    Some older iMacs would accept video in via MDP, but the current ones only accept Thunderbolt input from other Macs. Only the 27" iMac has video-in.

    There are plenty of threads about this with people's attempts.

    You would be better off just buying a moitor.
  4. JC-223 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Aug 27, 2013
    Damn that's disappointing. I was hoping it could be done somehow.

    Thanks for your reply
  5. Spudhead macrumors member

    Jul 23, 2013
    Just get a regular monitor rather than an apple TB display. Problem solved.
  6. rocknblogger macrumors 68020


    Apr 2, 2011
    New Jersey
    The Dell 2713HM would serve you well. I use my Thunderbolt to DisplayPort using a dongle from my rMBP and I have the choice of HDMI or Dvi port from my PC. It all works flawlessly for me.

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