5 Replies Latest reply: Nov 13, 2012 10:02 PM by rkaufmann87
linlouish Level 1 Level 1

I'm going to purchase a 15" power pc laptop and would like to know if I can use my IMac 21.5 monitor with it/

And if so what type of connection devices do i need to get?



iMac, Mac OS X (10.6.8)
  • rkaufmann87 Level 9 Level 9

    Seriously you are going to purchase a 6+ year old Power PC laptop????? If that is correct then the answer is definetly no this will not work.

  • linlouish Level 1 Level 1

    This is the one i think i'm purchasing:


    Sorry for the era....i thought we were in the 21st century.


    • 2.3GHz quad-core Intel Core i7
    • Turbo Boost up to 3.3GHz
    • 4GB 1600MHz memory
    • 500GB 5400-rpm hard drive1
    • Intel HD Graphics 4000
    • NVIDIA GeForce GT 650M with 512MB of GDDR5 memory
    • Built-in battery (7 hours)2
  • rkaufmann87 Level 9 Level 9

    OK, so now I'm confused. So you are going to buy a new MacBook Pro, I think you are asking if you can use a 21.5" iMac as an external display for the MBP. If so that functionality is called Target Display Mode. The answer depends on what year iMac you have. If it's a mid 2011 or you plan on getting a 2012 21.5" iMac then yes as they both have Thunderbolt connections. However if your iMac is 2009 or 2010 iMac then no as they do not have Thunderbolt connections, TDM will not work with a new MBP that has Thunderbolt.


    Please carefully read:


    Target Display Mode 2011 Macs


    Target Display Mode 2009 & 2010 iMacs

  • linlouish Level 1 Level 1

    Thanks for reading my mind.

    I have a later 21.5/purchased in 10 of 2010. eek!

    I'm trying to figure the best way to go.

    I currently work on magazines and will be adding more.


    I need the laptop to travel with...so that means that I thinking

    i'll get the 15" Mac Book Pro and either get a 27" monitor or the 27" iMac. I like the real estate that it offers on the 27". Will get rid of the 21.5 iMac (of which the HD just bit the dust). Not good for PR, but it did.


    Thanks for your help.

  • rkaufmann87 Level 9 Level 9

    Your welcome.