Take the 2-minute tour ×
Ask Different is a question and answer site for power users of Apple hardware and software. It's 100% free, no registration required.

I would like to use the iMac for external display and would like to connect MacBook Pro as a source. What kind of cable do I need and how to I setup the display?

share|improve this question
2  
It depends on which model MBP and iMac you have - use the System Profiler application under your Apple menu to get the exact models, then post those results. –  da4 Nov 12 '12 at 18:25
add comment

1 Answer

If the iMac has Thunderbolt (Mid-2011 and later models):

  • The MBP must also have Thunderbolt
  • Connect the two with a Thunderbolt cable and press Cmd-F2 on the iMac's keyboard

If the iMac doesn't have Thunderbolt:

  • It must be a 27" model with a mini-Displayport connector (21" and 24" mini-Displayport models don't support Target Display mode).
  • Any device with Displayport output can use it as a display.
  • Connect the two with a Mini-DisplayPort to Mini-DisplayPort cable, and press Cmd-F2 on the iMac's keyboard

Full documentation is available here.

share|improve this answer
add comment

Your Answer

 
discard

By posting your answer, you agree to the privacy policy and terms of service.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.