5 Replies Latest reply: Jun 28, 2013 6:47 AM by JImmyGS00
JImmyGS00 Level 1 Level 1

Is it possible to conmect a HDMI enabled PC to a new 2013 iMac 27" to use as monitor in target display mode?


iMac, Mac OS X (10.7.5), Windows 7 Laptop PC
Solved by JImmyGS00 on Jun 27, 2013 8:09 AM Solved

Thanks for the prompt response, just out of curiosity can USB3.0 carry video and woud this be a potentialy option ?

Reply by mende1 on Jun 26, 2013 4:38 AM Helpful

Welcome to Apple Support Communities

 

The Late 2012 iMac has only got a Thunderbolt port, and it can only be used as an external display for other Macs with Thunderbolt > http://support.apple.com/kb/PH11302

 

That means that you shouldn't be able to use your iMac as an external display for another PC, more when the PC has got a HDMI port. If you want, you can try buying a Mini DisplayPort to HDMI adapter and a HDMI cable (or a Mini DisplayPort to HDMI cable) and see if you can put your iMac in Target Display, but do it at your own risk because it's probable that it won't work

Reply by varjak paw on Jun 26, 2013 8:11 AM Helpful

Using the mini-DisplayPort to HDMI adapter in reverse will not work. Using an HDMI signal as input to a Thunderbolt port would require circuitry to change the signal, and while there are such adapters for Macs with mini-DisplayPort inputs, I've yet to see one that works with iMacs with Thunderbolt ports.

 

Regards.

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  • mende1 Level 10 Level 10
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    Welcome to Apple Support Communities

     

    The Late 2012 iMac has only got a Thunderbolt port, and it can only be used as an external display for other Macs with Thunderbolt > http://support.apple.com/kb/PH11302

     

    That means that you shouldn't be able to use your iMac as an external display for another PC, more when the PC has got a HDMI port. If you want, you can try buying a Mini DisplayPort to HDMI adapter and a HDMI cable (or a Mini DisplayPort to HDMI cable) and see if you can put your iMac in Target Display, but do it at your own risk because it's probable that it won't work

  • varjak paw Level 10 Level 10

    Using the mini-DisplayPort to HDMI adapter in reverse will not work. Using an HDMI signal as input to a Thunderbolt port would require circuitry to change the signal, and while there are such adapters for Macs with mini-DisplayPort inputs, I've yet to see one that works with iMacs with Thunderbolt ports.

     

    Regards.

  • JImmyGS00 Level 1 Level 1

    Thanks for the prompt response, just out of curiosity can USB3.0 carry video and woud this be a potentialy option ?

  • varjak paw Level 10 Level 10

    You would need a video input device to capture the HDMI signal and appropriate software to display it. Since you can pick up 27" LCD monitors for under $250 and 24" LCD monitors for less than $150, I'm not sure it would be worth all that effort unless you just don't have space for another display.

     

    Regards.

  • JImmyGS00 Level 1 Level 1

    Thanks everyone for you help. I hope to be able to contribute more to the forum once I get the hang of my new MAC.