3 Replies Latest reply: Mar 18, 2011 10:28 AM by varjak paw
Rinsler Level 1 Level 1
Ok, I know this sounds odd... Nevertheless, I wanted to know if it's possible to do this. I write a lot of music and want to use two completely different computers to manipulate midi files vs. audio files. I want to use my Mac Pro for actually writing the music, and then render the files as audio and arrange them on my iMac.

I don't want to get a second monitor, but rather, be able to flip back and forth between my iMac and my Mac Pro on the same screen, relatively quickly. I'm not sure if Spaces has this capability, ie. using one desktop that corresponds to the iMac and one desktop that corresponds to the Mac Pro, all on the iMac's screen.

Is this even possible or does the iMac not even have the capability of accepting a video signal from my Mac Pro?

iMac 27", Mac OS X (10.6.6)
  • Glorfindeal Level 6 Level 6
    If you Mac Pro has a mini display port out, then the iMac can be used as a monior for the Mac Pro. This is from the apples support document:

    To use a 27-inch iMac in Target Display mode with another computer as the source:

    1. Make sure both computers are turned on and awake.
    2. Connect a male-to-male Mini DisplayPort cable to the Mini DisplayPort on each computer. The 27-inch iMac will enter Target Display mode and display content from the source computer.
    Note: If you are connecting two 27-inch iMacs, connect a Mini DisplayPort cable to each computer and press Command + F2 on the 27-inch iMac keyboard that you will use as an external display.
    3. To leave Target Display mode, press Command + F2 on the keyboard of the 27-inch iMac that is in Target Display mode. To return to Target Display mode, press Command + F2 again.

    Here's the actual link:


  • Rinsler Level 1 Level 1
    But it's not possible to do via Spaces?
  • varjak paw Level 10 Level 10
    You could do this by using remote control software such as one of the flavors of VNC to take control of your MP. Such an application could probably work in Spaces. But you cannot do this via the direct input through the DisplayPort.