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Target Display Mode
Posted by: freeradical
Date: March 07, 2017 05:18PM
I have a mid 2010 27" iMac version iMac11,3 that supposedly supports this.

Is a Thunderbolt cable what I need to hook this up to my 2015 MBPR?

Or is a Mini DisplayPort to Mini DisplayPort cable something different?

Does a TB cable it pin out the same as the mini display port on the back of my iMac?


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Re: Target Display Mode
Posted by: C(-)ris
Date: March 07, 2017 05:24PM
Mini DisplayPort to Mini DisplayPort. Different than a Thunderbolt cable. Pinouts are not the same at all since a Thunderbolt cable actually has a chip in it on both ends.

The problem is that many vendors don't seem to realize this. There is absolutely NO SUCH THING AS A THUNDERBOLT TO VGA ADAPTER. They are ALL miniDisplayPort to VGA adapters.

So you need a MiniDP to MiniDP cable.



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Re: Target Display Mode
Posted by: Gilbert
Date: March 07, 2017 05:28PM
A Mini DP to Mini DP cable is something different than a TB to TB cable. According to this article by our hosts, you will need a Mini DP to Mini DP cable.

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Good luck!

EDIT - C(-)ris beat me to it!



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Re: Target Display Mode
Posted by: jdc
Date: March 07, 2017 05:52PM
monoprice has them cheap.



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Re: Target Display Mode
Posted by: Schpark
Date: March 07, 2017 05:56PM
I have a 2010 iMac and it does target display mode through FW800. Oops, that is target disk mode, never mind.



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Re: Target Display Mode
Posted by: freeradical
Date: March 07, 2017 08:33PM
Sounds good. I'll pick up a cable and see how it works out.
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