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How to use an old iMac as a primary monitor?

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#1 TitusRaven26


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Posted 25 June 2015 - 04:25 PM

Ive got a mac mini with OS X 10.6 but i want to use its monitor for another computer... i have 2 other old macs: an iMac and a PowerPC Notebook both with OS X 10.4 and i've heard its possible to utilize other macs as monitors... is there a way i could use one of them (or both) as the mini's primary monitor?

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Posted 25 June 2015 - 04:46 PM


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Posted 25 June 2015 - 06:11 PM



Here's a listing of mac mini outputs.  As long as any monitor you want to use has a matching connector, you'll be good to go!  Of course, if this listing does not suffice, post back for further assistance! Source: https://www.apple.com/mac-mini/specs/



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Posted 06 July 2015 - 06:15 AM

If your iMac is running Tiger (aka Mac OS 10.4), then it does not support Target Display Mode.

The only way you could then use the iMac as a monitor for your Mini would be to do screen sharing of some sort across the network. The downside of this approach is that it can be VERY slow as you are "remotely" logging into the Mini from the iMac.

You would likely be better of just buying another monitor most likely.

The other possible option is to hook the monitor that you do have up to both the Mini and the other computer. This assumes those two computers are in the same room near each other. If the monitor has dual inputs then you would not need anything else. If it does not have dual inputs, then you could buy and use a KVM (keyboard, video, and mouse) switch.

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