What cable for second monitor on iMac?

Discussion in 'iMac' started by Feek, Jul 19, 2011.

  1. Feek macrumors member

    Feek

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    I've got a base model 27" iMac on the way and want to use my Dell 24" monitor as a second display. It's got HDMI, DVI and displayport inputs.

    What would be the best way to connect it to the iMac, what cable should I get?

    Thanks.
     
  2. simsaladimbamba

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    If you can get a MDP cable, do it that way.
    But there are also MDP to DVI or HDMI adapters.

     
  3. Feek thread starter macrumors member

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    No mention of mini displayport to displayport there but I see those cables on eBay for a fiver or so, that should be OK?
     
  4. Intell macrumors P6

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    Yes
     
  5. Feek thread starter macrumors member

    Feek

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    That was simple, thanks. I've just bought one so it'll probably arrive before the iMac!
     
  6. bbsBill macrumors newbie

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    Mini DisplayPort question

    I will be getting a new iMac for my office within the next month. However, based on the picture on this page http://www.apple.com/imac/specs.html I don't understand where to plug it in. Is it going to plug into a USB port?

    Bill
    Cleveland State
     
  7. Intell macrumors P6

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    It will plug into the Mini-DisplayPort. Looking at the picture posted above, its the "MDP" port. Current iMac's have two of these ports. They are not USB ports.
     
  8. bbsBill macrumors newbie

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    MDP issue

    My iMac has one port for video but it is at least 3 years old. The picture on the link I submitted, specifically, this one doesn't appear to have any ports other than audio i/o, network, USB, FireWire and Thunderbolt. The spec says this:
    but I don't see where that port is. I'm sure I'm missing it some where.

    Bill
     
  9. Intell macrumors P6

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    The 2011 and newer iMacs have 2 video out ports. Thunderbolt ports are the same as Mini-Display Ports.
     
  10. bbsBill macrumors newbie

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    MDP issue

    Thanks for your answers. Are you saying the pictures on the link are older than what is available now?

    Bill
     
  11. simsaladimbamba

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    No, as the pictures describe the 2011 iMac's ports, and the naming of them is correct. There is no Mini DisplayPort, only one or two TB ports, which have the same shape as the MDP and are also used to output video.
     
  12. bbsBill macrumors newbie

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    MDP issue

    OK. That's what I was looking for. Thanks for the answer.

    Bill
     

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