What have your experiences with connecting display via Thunderbolt been? It has the MiniDisplay Port. Watch Blu-ray movies to experience near studio master image quality. These were the results we got when we tested the iMacs and MacBook Pros listed above. No combination seems to work. The 27-inch Retina 5K iMac released in October 2014 was the first model to not support the feature. This may work for some keyboard types. It is not a 1 time fix and go.
I knew you could use an iMac as a 2nd monitor for another Mac. The mini DisplayPort connection and later Thunderbolt that normally served as the output for users who wanted to connect a second monitor to their iMac could instead be used as a video input, as long as the video source sent a compatible signal. Even though Thunderbolt also handled DisplayPort video, the new complexities of the Thunderbolt controller meant that Target Display Mode would be far more restrictive. Readers attempting to help you deserve thank-you's and upvotes! The iMac works only with devices that output video through DisplayPort, which the MacBook does. Try using another keyboard, or the original keyboard that came with your Mac.
Please do not request this title. Follow up after receiving answers! From the comfort of my MacBook. Also worth mentioning that the lack of target display mode in the new iMacs is likely due to the custom controller Apple is using to push 5K onscreen. Thanks very much for this really helpful article and thread. Pre-Thunderbolt systems used Mini DisplayPort and were much easier to use with other systems.
If you connected a hub to the switch you could switch multiple usb devices between the two… However thats getting a bit hacky. High-quality meets high-performance with , we have upgrades for Air and Retina too! Thats what I use, and yes, I can indeed verify it works cross-platform. You may not even notice if you are running Office type applications. Update: Steal mouse and keyboard with bash script. Target Display Mode isn't supported in Boot Camp. I was deciding between refurbed 2011 21. This allowed the 2560×1440 resolution to be utilised, using the imac as an external monitor, Fantastic!! On your Windows machine, you change System preferences in Control Panel to enable remote access.
You mention here, no issues running either iMac as a display to the 2002 G4? With Thunderbolt-capable iMacs — the Mid 2011 models and up — Target Display Mode will only work with other Thunderbolt-capable devices. Optical storage offers a great way to archive data long term, and Blu-ray media offers a tremendous amount of storage in a single disc. However, some users have reported difficulty with these functions since the introduction of Thunderbolt in Snow Leopard. Be polite and kind at all times. He is currently pursuing a bachelor's degree in Business Management at Northwest University. To do this, first to ensure it was made in 2011 or later, and then simply press Command-F2. But when it comes to utilizing a Thunderbolt cable, only another Thunderbolt equipped Mac can use Target Display Mode with a Thunderbolt capable iMac.
If this happens, use the keyboard that came with your iMac to toggle Target Display Mode on and off. I wonder if anyone knows whether this should be possible, i. No rank is an indication that the person is always, or even mostly, correct. That app is best to watch the support forums for complaints prior to upgrading from a stable version. That's not quite the Retina 5K iMac's 218 ppi, but it's closer than other 27-inch 4K displays. Rudeness will not be tolerated! These posts will be deleted.
This meant that Target Display Mode, even via Thunderbolt, was no longer an option. Model Source Output Connection Cable Late 2009 27-inch Mini DisplayPort or Thunderbolt Mini DisplayPort Mid 2010 27-inch Mini DisplayPort or Thunderbolt Mini DisplayPort Mid 2011 21. Mac Number of Displays MacBook Air Mid 2011 1 MacBook Air Mid 2012 - 2014 2 1 MacBook Pro Retina Mid 2012 and later 2 MacBook Pro 15-inch Early 2011 and later 2 MacBook Pro 17-inch Early 2011 and later 2 Mac mini 2. Target Display Mode via Thunderbolt 3 The still have that high resolution 5K display, but they also include for the first time. Do upvote interesting questions and helpful answers. The steal script logs into the iMac and disables bluetooth via blueutil so that the keyboard and mouse disconnect form the iMac. All you need are the proper ports and cables to make the connection between the two Macs.
You can get an lcd driver powered off vga, but then the imac is disconnected unless you make a lcd cable splitter. Not sure which model you have? We had high hopes with the recently released that resolved many issues with Apple Thunderbolt Display compatibility, but sadly this one remained. While it is true using the iMac itself may be preferred in many cases, in others you might have a laptop and especially one with a small monitor configured with software to perform a specific task, and you might need to view this on a larger display. This year, not so much. So, just to play Devil's Advocate here. Let us know in the comments below! People come here for help, so please don't shove them right back out the door.
For a list of subjects inappropriate for , see Guideline 2 above. That iMac did support target display mode. 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. So, if you have a smaller one it might not work. I also experience severe flickering when I connect the two and run the Imac in target-display-mode as in the video. If the iMac was able to be used as a display for the MacBook Pro, it passed.