Using MacBook Pro Retina as display for nMP - possible?

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by hydr, Apr 14, 2014.

  1. hydr macrumors regular

    Feb 25, 2009
    Does anyone know if its possible to use a MacBook Pro Retina as display for a new Mac Pro? If so, how do I proceed?
  2. chrisn123, Apr 14, 2014
    Last edited: Apr 14, 2014

    chrisn123 macrumors member

    Nov 26, 2011
    I have not done this, but you should be able to use a "Dummy" plug to trick the nMP into thinking a second display is connected (prob easiest to use TB-DVI adapter to connect the "dummy"-- might not be possible with TB directly).

    You would then simply use Screen Sharing to connect to the dummy/phantom display (GigE or TB data connection would be fastest).

    Not sure if you'd find a dummy plug to match rMBP native resolution, but you should be able to get something that scales nicely.

    Edit: You got me curious, so I looked for DVI dummy plugs. Looks like your best bet might be a cheap HDMI switch. Should get you to 1080p painlessly. Not sure if they would all word, but I work start with a cheap (<$20) one from here:
  3. hydr thread starter macrumors regular

    Feb 25, 2009
    Thanks man.

    I have no monitor or TV available here, only my MacBook Pro retina.

    I got my 6C Mac Pro a few days ago, thinking about getting the new Samsung 4K TN 28" display, but delivery is at least two weeks out.

    Was hoping there was some way to get this up and running other wise.

  4. chrisn123 macrumors member

    Nov 26, 2011
    Oh. I thought you meant as an ADDITIONAL display. Sounds like you just want to configure a headless mac. That should be possible without any hardware just using Screen Sharing. Google around for instructions.

    IIRC, you should be able to SSH into a virgin Mac and enable screen sharing on the new Mac. You might need to monitor your Airport (or other router) to see what IP address it hands your nMP on bootup, or you could use internet sharing from your rMBP (Share Airport to TB-Ethernet port, and plug ethernet into nMP).

    I think plugging in a wired mouse and keyboard to the headless nMP might be even easier/faster for you (this apparently will allow Screen Sharing, which should cause the nMP to appear in Finder on your MBP under SHARED).

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