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Do USB-C to Thunderbolt 2 cables exist?

I don't think a straight-up cable exists, no. However, you can get an adapter/dongle that works perfectly well for your scenario. You'll need to Apple Thunderbolt 3 (USB-C) to Thunderbolt 2 adapter: ...
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Do USB-C to Thunderbolt 2 cables exist?

You're not going to find a Thunderbolt 3 to Thunderbolt 2 cable as an adapter is required to connect to legacy devices. One of the (major) differentiators between Thunderbolt 1/2 and Thunderbolt 3 is ...
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What are the requirements to use iMac screen as a second monitor - Target Display Mode?

No. You cannot do this. The 2019 iMac is not supported for Target Display Mode. This is an attempt to write a canonical QA for this issue, as per the Meta post: Where is the list of canonical ...
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Start iMac in Target Display Mode without dedicated keyboard

There are two options that I'm aware of which may meet your needs: Use the 1Keyboard app. This allows you to pair your computers via bluetooth and then use 1Keyboard to send the CommandF2 keyboard ...
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Is it possible to use an iMac in Target Display mode with a 2016 MacBook Pro with USB-C?

My 13" 2016 MacBook Pro drives my late 2009 27" iMac's display using a third-party USB-C to Mini DisplayPort adaptor.
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Use an iMac 5k or iMac 4k 2017 as a target display with Macbook Pro retina early 2013

According to this article on AppleInsider the 2017 4K and 5k iMacs do not support target display mode.
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iMac Target Display Mode black screen

On closer inspection, it looks like the display is not actually uniformly black. This led me to conclude that perhaps the backlight was just not turned on properly, and led me to discover the ...
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Can I use my iMac late 2015 non-retina display in Target Mode?

Here are the iMacs that support Target Display Mode: See more: https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT204592
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Having trouble getting Target Display mode to work with Apple's Thunderbolt 3 (USB-C) to Thunderbolt 2 Adapter with new MacBook pro?

I have had the same problem with my 13" 2018 MBP to my iMac 27-inch, Late 2012. Talked to Tech support for weeks at the advanced levels. They told me they are working on it and look for a firmware ...
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Target Display Mode between a Dell XPS and 2013 iMac

I'm pretty sure it can't be done - but I can't find anywhere that categorically says so. Two reasons in your particular case. The iMac 2013 needs Thunderbolt to Thunderbolt, not mini Display Port. ...
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Target Display Mode from a 2016 MacBook to a 2011 27" iMac

It's not possible to use Target Display Mode to connect a MacBook (Early 2016) to a 27" iMac (2011) For the Mid-2011 through Mid-2014 iMacs, you need a Thunderbolt cable and Thunderbolt isn't ...
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Is there any way to put iMac to sleep (or other low power mode) while using it in target display mode?

No, you cannot go into low power mode while in Target Display mode. While your iMac is "acting" as a "passthrough" for you display signals you are not bypassing the logic board and GPU to connect to ...
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I would like to use iMac as a display, but without loading an OS

If your main priority is just not to replace the HDD, why not install macOS onto a USB flash drive and use that purely so you can use the iMac in Target Display Mode? To do this, follow these steps: ...
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iMac Target Display Mode black screen

On the Macbook, change the rotation on the iMac display to 90°, then revert it back (or let it revert back after the timeout) to Standard. That seems to snap it out of its zero-brightness funk more or ...
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Can I use my Macbook Pro Retina as extra monitor for my iMac through Thunderbolt

I was going to just leave a comment to existing answer, but I don't have enough reputation for that, so I'll just write it here. I'm running AirServer on my MacBook Pro, and I'm using it as a AirPlay ...
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iMac used for Target Display Mode runs really hot

I'm experiencing the same problem. I have a current generation 5K iMac which I use as my main computer, and a 2009 iMac which I use as a second monitor using TDM. In TDM mode, the older iMac runs ...
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Is it possible to use an iMac in Target Display mode with a 2016 MacBook Pro with USB-C?

Yes. I have gotten this to work with a 15" Touch Bar MacBook Pro (Late 2016) and a 2011 27" iMac. You need the USB-C to Thunderbolt 2 adapter and a Thunderbolt cable. It will not work with a Mini-...
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Bypassing AMD Radeon GPU of 27" iMac (mid 2011) for Target Display Mode purposes

Answers to your questions as asked are: I've seen your model iMacs used in Target Display Mode regardless of the fact the GPU is playing up, so from that perspective you'll be fine. N/A see 1 above. ...
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Is it possible to use an iMac in Target Display mode with a 2016 MacBook Pro with USB-C?

Don't confuse a USB-C / Thunderbolt 3 port with USB only as the new MacBook Pro do have thunderbolt and not simply USB-C. The new MacBook Pro can output to a Mini DisplayPort target display mode ...
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Video out from MacBook to iMac via thunderbolt

Target Display Mode can use Thunderbolt, but as you observe it was only supported on iMac models from late 2009 to mid 2014. If both Macs are on the same network then the easiest way for one to share ...
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Target Display Mode for Mid 2011 iMac and 2018 MacBook Pro

I have the same problem. I use my 2011 iMac (running on High Sierra OS) for target display to MacBook Pro (Retina, 15-inch, Mid 2014). The iMac was running very smooth as my target display. A few days ...
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Target Display Mode for Mid 2011 iMac and 2018 MacBook Pro

With a qualified iMac yes it should work, I was told this by Apple support. However there is a problem with the 2018 MBP and it does not. There is a large thread on this in the Apple forums: https://...
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Having trouble getting Target Display mode to work with Apple's Thunderbolt 3 (USB-C) to Thunderbolt 2 Adapter with new MacBook pro?

I FIGURED IT OUT! This was driving me nuts too. 2010 27" iMac <-> 2018 Macbook Pro using Target Display Mode. If you are using the Apple Thunderbolt 2 -> Thunderbolt 3 adapter, this will not work,...
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Connect Xbox to iMac

A cheaper alternative to using cables and adapters is OneCast which allows you to stream your Xbox to your Mac(costs $20).
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Automator and/or AppleScript to automatically Command-F2 to enter Target Display Mode

keystroke "120" is not the same as key code 120; the former taps the keys 1, 2, and 0. I've had success with the following AppleScript, but you can also try key code 120 and key code 113. tell ...
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Which 27" iMac can be used as external display on a MaBook Pro Mid 2015?

From Apple KB: Use your iMac as a display Target Display Mode isn’t supported on iMac models with Retina display. Only iMac (27-inch, Late 2009), iMac (27-inch, Mid 2010), and iMac (Mid 2011 to Mid ...
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Why doesn’t target display mode work?

Macbook's with USB-C ports do not support Thunderbolt 3 and therefore the Apple Thunderbolt 3 (USB-C) to Thunderbolt 2 Adapter can not be used for Target Display Mode. See Use your iMac as a display ...
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Having trouble getting Target Display mode to work with Apple's Thunderbolt 3 (USB-C) to Thunderbolt 2 Adapter with new MacBook pro?

I have the same issue with my new 2018 I-9 15-inch MBPs (I have two). Since around 2012, I have used a variety of 15-inch MBPs with either two 2012 27-inch iMacs or two 2013 27-inch iMacs in target ...
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Having trouble getting Target Display mode to work with Apple's Thunderbolt 3 (USB-C) to Thunderbolt 2 Adapter with new MacBook pro?

There is an extensive post on this on the Apple Discussion forums. Someone there recently discovered a workaround by daisy chaining their Thunderbolt connection to the iMac. Somehow going through ...
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Target Display Mode troubles, can't disconnect anymore

I have the same issue and here’s why it’s a software bug. On my 2013 21.5" iMac (base model with the only upgrade being a factory installed 256GB SSD). I've never had any work done on it. I attached ...
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