14 Replies Latest reply: Mar 1, 2013 11:31 AM by who_simons
who_simons Level 1 Level 1

Hello,

 

I have a MacBook Pro Mid 2010 with miniport and a 27" iMac late 2012.

 

By what i researched till now i couldn't find a solution on how to do it. Would like to know if anyone have any...

 

Just wondering If i convert the miniport on the macbook pro to hdmi and the iMac thunderbolt to hdmi could it work?

 

All the best.


iMac, iOS 6.1.2, target mode
Reply by mende1 on Feb 23, 2013 12:22 PM Helpful

Oops. Ignore my last comment.

 

The Apple article says that a Thunderbolt iMac can only be used as an external display for another Thunderbolt Mac.

 

Instead, you can use a VNC client as ScreenRecycler to use the iMac as an external display for the MacBook Pro. This app uses your network to connect both Macs, and you don't need any cable

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  • Matt Clifton Level 7 Level 7

    Target mode? That only works through the port you're using if both computers have Thunderbolt. The 2010 does not. Displayport and HDMI only carry video/audio signals; the Thunderbolt data connection is required for Target mode.

     

    The other option you have is Firewire, which should work fine.

     

    Matt

  • who_simons Level 1 Level 1

    Hi Matt,

     

    My miss whanted to say TARGET DISPLAY MODE! To use my 27" imac as a display to my macbook pro.

     

    Problem is that i have miniport in the Macbook pro and Thunderbolt in the imac.

     

    Question is if i convert both to hdmi can i put the Imac in target display mode?

     

    Thanks

  • mende1 Level 10 Level 10
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    You don't need any adapter. Thunderbolt ports support Mini DisplayPort cables, so just buy a Mini DisplayPort cable and connect it to the Mini DisplayPort of the MacBook Pro and the Thunderbolt port of your iMac, so you can use your iMac as an external display without any problem. See > http://support.apple.com/kb/PH11302

  • mende1 Level 10 Level 10
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    Oops. Ignore my last comment.

     

    The Apple article says that a Thunderbolt iMac can only be used as an external display for another Thunderbolt Mac.

     

    Instead, you can use a VNC client as ScreenRecycler to use the iMac as an external display for the MacBook Pro. This app uses your network to connect both Macs, and you don't need any cable

  • who_simons Level 1 Level 1

    Hi mende1,

    Thanks, thats a interesting option. My only consearn is how responsive will be the screen. I will try it!

     

    All the best.

     

    Daniel

  • rkaufmann87 Level 9 Level 9

    Mende1's option might work and should be tried. Then you can decide if the user experience is acceptable,  however to be honest the best option is getting a new MBA that has Thunderbolt. But you have probably already come to that conclusion yourself.

  • who_simons Level 1 Level 1

    hi Rkaufmann87,

     

    I thought of it but for my purpuses it doesnt fit. I work with cg and the MBA don't offer the performance i need, by the other hand its not in my budget getting another 15" MBP.

     

    Target display mode would fit perfect, so i could use both maschines in a eficient way.

     

    Apple shold work a way around for users in the same situation as me.

     

    Thanks, cheers

  • rkaufmann87 Level 9 Level 9

    While I agree it would be nice if Apple had a work around it's not in their best interest so I seriously doubt you will ever see that happen. Plus it may be technically impossible or if possible the Apple may have decided the user experience wasn't up to their standards. But that is all irrellivant, the bottom line is if you want TDM with high performance you need a new laptop.

     

    BTW, I'm in the same boat owner of a late 2010 MBA and a 2011 27" iMac with Thunderbolt.

  • who_simons Level 1 Level 1

    Agreed!

    Thanks again take care.

  • Rogier_b Level 1 Level 1

    I have the same problem. A MacBook Pro (mid 2009) and I want to use the new iMac (late 2012) as target screen.

    My MacBook Pro has a mini display port. The iMac thunderbolt.

    I have tried to use a minidisplay cable, thunderbolt cable, wire fire to thunderbolt cable. Used the cmd + F2 keys. None of them work...

  • uysalol Level 1 Level 1

    I have the same question. Can I use the new iMac 21.5 inch late 2012 as target screen for MacBook air 2012 via thunderbolt cable? My MacBook air and iMac 21.5 the new, late 2012 have thunderbolt port. I can't try it, but if I can I bought the new iMac 2012

    Thanks

  • Matt Clifton Level 7 Level 7

    If you want to use a Thunderbolt iMac screen as target, you must use a Thunderbolt-equipped source Mac. So your setup should work.

     

    A Thunderbolt iMac cannot act as target screen for a Displayport Mac.

     

    Matt

  • uysalol Level 1 Level 1

    But already I want to connect my "2012 MacBook Air" via "thunderbolt cable" to "iMac 21.5 late 2012" have thunderbolt port. But some same apple dealer say "you can not use new iMac 21.5 late 2012 for target display for MacBook Air late 2012"

    as a matter of fact I don't want use displayport mac

  • who_simons Level 1 Level 1

    Thunderbolt to thunderbold have to work.