5 Replies Latest reply: Nov 21, 2010 1:46 PM by cyrano7
cyrano7 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
I have a 27 iMac and a 24 iMac.

Can I, and how do I, go about using the 24 iMac as second monitor?

i-mac 27 inch, Mac OS X (10.6.5), second monitor
  • Niel Level 10 Level 10 (264,905 points)
    You need to use a network connection and a product such as ScreenRecycler.

    (54964)
  • cyrano7 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Thanks.

    1. Is there a particular cable needed?
    2. I am using an old Viewsonic as a second monitor, without a product such as ScreenRecycler.
    3. You are saying that to go Mac to Mac, a third party product is necessary?
  • cyrano7 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    As I understand it, the newer 27 inch iMacs can be used in "target display mode".

    Can the 24 iMacs also be used in "target display mode"?
  • Niel Level 10 Level 10 (264,905 points)
    Is there a particular cable needed?


    Yes.

    You are saying that to go Mac to Mac, a third party product is necessary?


    Yes.

    Can the 24 iMacs also be used in "target display mode"?


    No.

    (54978)
  • cyrano7 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Niel, forgive my ignorance, I am trying to wrap my mind around this.

    I have a 2009 24-inch, and a 2010 27-inch. The easiest solution would be to run male to male mini display cable between both machines and use the 24, with the 27 as the second monitor.

    However, if it is not too much hassle, the opposite could be better.

    To use the 27 and have the 24 as the second monitor, you say I would have to "set up a network".
    Is that merely running a cable, or what exactly is involved?

    And, after setting up a network, I would use the ScreenSaver application.

    Presuming that I was successful in setting up and running the 27 via this method, would the ultimate result be slower than running the 27 as the second monitor?

    I do not do any games or graphics, primarily making books with CS5.