Currently Being ModeratedFeb 23, 2013 4:20 AM (in response to who_simons)
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.
Currently Being ModeratedFeb 23, 2013 12:15 PM (in response to Matt Clifton)
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?
Currently Being ModeratedFeb 23, 2013 12:19 PM (in response to who_simons)
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
Currently Being ModeratedFeb 23, 2013 12:22 PM (in response to who_simons)
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
Currently Being ModeratedFeb 23, 2013 4:22 PM (in response to mende1)
Thanks, thats a interesting option. My only consearn is how responsive will be the screen. I will try it!
All the best.
Currently Being ModeratedFeb 23, 2013 4:25 PM (in response to who_simons)
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.
Currently Being ModeratedFeb 23, 2013 4:37 PM (in response to 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.
Currently Being ModeratedFeb 23, 2013 4:52 PM (in response to who_simons)
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.
Currently Being ModeratedFeb 27, 2013 4:04 AM (in response to mende1)
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...
Currently Being ModeratedFeb 27, 2013 5:23 AM (in response to who_simons)
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
Currently Being ModeratedFeb 27, 2013 6:39 AM (in response to uysalol)
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.
Currently Being ModeratedFeb 27, 2013 10:45 AM (in response to Matt Clifton)
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