using imac as a secondary display

Discussion in 'iMac' started by daveyjokes, Nov 22, 2006.

  1. daveyjokes macrumors member


    Apr 30, 2006
    Oxford, UK-Oh yes!
    so basically, i have got this charming first gen imac g5 with a lawn mower for a processor. woop woop. can i use its display as a secondary display? i.e. could i plug, say, a mac mini into it and use it as a display? or could it act like a cinema display, and could i use it as a display for my windows (gasp) laptop?

    pretty sure answer is a big fat no...cheers
  2. WildCowboy Administrator/Editor


    Staff Member

    Jan 20, 2005
    Basically, the answer is no, as the iMac doesn't have any video-in ports.

    You could rig something up with a USB video-in device like an EyeTV, but it would be expensive, and the results are generally not good.
  3. axboi87 macrumors regular


    Aug 31, 2006
    Dallas, Tx
    What do you mean lawnmower?

    The G5 is a very fast processor. I guess it's slow by comparison to a dual core model, but just because a 500hp Mercedes Benz is slow by comparison to a 1000hp Bugatti doesn't make it a slow car in general lol. Anyway I haven't tried this myself but here you go:
  4. davish macrumors member

    Jan 29, 2007
    Oxxxxxxford, UK
    i think he (me--my acount got deleted :eek: ) meant its loud!!!:D :D

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