4 Replies Latest reply: Feb 11, 2008 10:37 AM by number wang
mintin Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
I currently have an Intel based Imac and I am thinking about buying either a Macbook or Macbook Pro for portability, can either of these connect to my Imac screen so i get the picture from the MB/MBP on my Imac?

I was thinking maybe if I used the DVI out off the MBP and plugged it into the mini DVI on my Imac..

I thank you all in advance for any help on this one.

iMac 2.4Ghz, Mac OS X (10.5), 3 GB Ram, Edirol UA25 Soundcard, Edirol PC50 Keyboard, Edirol MA15D Monitors
  • mrtotes Level 6 Level 6 (11,815 points)
    This is a very commonly asked question however there are no realistic hardware solutions. The iMac does not have a video input, the MiniDVI port is for video-out only.

     

    Take a look at Screen Recycler:

     

    cheers

     

    mrtotes

  • poddster Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)
    I asked the same question a while back, and was also recommended to check out ScreenRecycler. After investigation, it looks like this program only allows you to extend your iMac screen to another computer screen, so it's not what we're looking for. Also, when I tried to email the guy who developed the product, the email bounced back, so there is unlikely to be any support there.

    A different take on a solution may involve Elgato's EyeTV, which is a USB TV receiver which allows you to use your Mac as a TV recorder (works well). The model I've got, the EyeTV Hybrid, supports connection to games machines like the Playstation and Xbox - http://faq.elgato.com/index.php/faq/more/443.

    For this to work, I would need a cable that could connect my standard laptop video output to the EyeTV connections (composite or S-video). Does this sort of cable exist??
  • poddster Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)
    I've checked with a company that supplys cables, and they suggested a product like this: http://www.cablesdirect.co.nz/catalog/search?quickfind_needle=vc1024. Might work out...
  • number wang Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)
    apple do there own dvi to svideo/composite breakout adapters, have a look on the apple store in video devices
    as mrtotes says dvi to mini dvi in imac wont work as the dvi/mini dvi are outputs only
    the other roundabout way that poddster is suggesting might work, i actually have all the components you need and ill try it some time this week for you ;-]
    but i cant really see why you would want to tie up two computers displays just to span or mirror one? would it not be easier and about the same price (eyetv,adaptor,cable) to buy a small lcd screen for under £100, i saw a 17" lcd at maplins for just under a 100.
    ill give the eyetv workaround ago tho and update
    cheers