4 Replies Latest reply: Jan 7, 2013 2:03 PM by BDAqua
Nello Lucchesi Level 1 (130 points)

I am building a PC for Network Attached Storage (NAS) using FreeNAS:




Once it's all set up I'll just use the web/network interface to manage it.  But, as I assemble the PC I'll probably need a monitor to make changes to the BIOS settings.


I'm wondering whether I can use my iMac (iMac11,3) as a makeshift monitor for the PC.  Apparently it's possible to do this if the PC has a Mini DisplayPort.




My PC has the followoing video ports:





Can anyone tell me whether I can use my iMac as monitor to a PC with one of these ports?


If so, can anyone recommend a cable to do so?  For example, this Mini DisplayPort <-> HDMI cable says it won't work for my purposes:


http://www.monoprice.com/products/product.asp?c_id=104&cp_id=10428&cs_id=1042802 &p_id=5311&seq=1&format=2


"This device is not Bidirectional. It can only connect a Mini-DisplayPort source to an HDMI® display. It will not work in reverse."


I want to display my PC's VGA, HDMI, or DVI as the source to my iMac's Mini-DisplayPort, not the other way around.


Thank you for your help.


  - nello

iMac (27-inch Mid 2010), Mac OS X (10.6.8), 12 GB RAM