The staff at the main San Francisco Apple store were confused about the cables needed to use the iMac as an external monitor for a compatible MacBook Pro. This port can also be used for input with other devices. I knew you could use an iMac as a 2nd monitor for another Mac. You admit it yourself when you said it is actually designed not to be easy to work on. Anyway, off topic sort of, but had to chime in. Thats what I use, and yes, I can indeed verify it works cross-platform.
They could have invented a faster connector. Perhaps another case which shows Apple's marketing decisions are dominated by bean counters over engineers? This is the only video-in solution with low-latency I know of for modern iMacs. When I get a new iMac this fall, I expect I'll add a 4k monitor that can deal with the other devices I have and let the Mac be a Mac. I have searched everywhere for a suitable solution, although I cannot find what I am after, and I am sure I have used software in the past to achieve this, but cannot remember the name of the software. If you want to have 2 monitors that you can use side by side, you will also need a program for Windows to create a virtual second display like I have not tested this program- use at your own risk.
Get tips, reviews, news, and giveaways reserved exclusively for subscribers. With the 2011 model, Displayport has been carried over Thunderbolt and you could only use Target Display Mode with another Thunderbolt Mac. I wouldn't go that extreme, but I agree it is frustrating. That reply itself is total nonsense I guess. Anyway, one solution is to use a product like the. With regards ports it only needs one.
Thanks so much for helping me investigate this. The hard part is the screen. Sign up for the TekRevue Weekly Digest using the box below. Pre-Thunderbolt systems used Mini DisplayPort and were much easier to use with other systems. If none are around, then you can use the iMac for this purpose.
Does what I've described above exist? They could have also run it at a lower resolution for external connections. I appreciate its display and audio so it sounds good if it can be turned into a simple monitor. That app is best to watch the support forums for complaints prior to upgrading from a stable version. Provide details and share your research! So there's no way at all to use the iMac as a monitor? However there is no question they are less durable that something like a sata plug. It is simply poor design to have a durable connector, designed to be user serviceable, behind many ribbon cables. Be sure to check the integrity of your Mini DisplayPort or Thunderbolt cables, and make sure that the actual ports on each device are working.
Click it and you will find the name of FonePaw ScreenMo. Well it's not on my 10. This is a common misconception, thunderbolt and mini display port are the same port, but a mini display port carries only video signal while thunderbolt carries data and many other things also. Please submit or enjoy content, comments, or questions related to the Mac platform, be it related to the hardware or software that makes it up. Interestingly, I was told at an apple store that it is possible with the 2011 iMacs and not pre-2011 , that there was an adapter but they were out of stock. Sometimes the video 'jumps' a little bit, but nothing show-stopping.
You cannot transmit the output of your Windows screen through an iMac display, but there is one way to work that you may find quite appealing: Microsoft Remote Desktop. I would be inclined to say use Synergy so you can control both computers with 1 keyboard and mouse, and just set them up side-by-side. Having owned a PowerMac G5, which I believe was Apple's only ever watercooled device and which met its end with a leak, you can believe I took 3 days making sure the tube fittings were extra tight! Step 3 Plug the other end of the cable to Mini DisplayPort or Thunderbolt connector on your iMac. Remember, the rest of the iMac is still running, consuming electricity and generating heat. Unless you mean soldering directly to the screen without any hardware layer lol.
This controller does not adhere to the DisplayPort 1. Sata connectors on the other hand are much more durable, designed to be removed 100s or even 1000s of times. It is probably best to use an hdmi to thunderbolt adapter, the remote connection will have a lot of lag and be unreliable as it depends on wifi, not a hardwired connection. Step 3 Find AirPlay icon on the top menu bar on your Mac. One of the worst products I have ever had to work on.