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    Cinema Display from 2008 working with new iMac as second screen
    My 2008 Mac Tower died on me and I have replaced with a less robust iMac. I still have a cinema display from 2008. Is there any way to continue using it as a second monitor for my new iMac?

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    You need to provide the model, size, year and specs of your iMac, for us to be able to assist you in your quest? There should be an adapter available.
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    It is a brand new iMac, 27", 3.4GHz, 8GB of 2400MHz DDR4 memory with the following connections: Headphone, SDXC card slot, USB 3, Thunderbolt 3 (USB-C), Gigabit Ethernet

    The specs to the cinema display I am trying to connect to the iMac can be found here: https://everymac.com/monitors/apple/...isplay_23.html

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    If you properly identified your Cinema Display, here is what Mactracker says:

    The Apple Cinema display from 2008 is a 24" model:

    CONNECTIONS:

    Connection Mini DisplayPort
    Audio Built-in 2.1 speaker system and mic
    Camera Built-in iSight
    Ports 3 - USB 2.0, 1 - MagSafe, 1 - Kensington security slot

    POWER

    Maximum Continuous Power 212W (while charging MacBook Pro)


    You should be able to use that display with your iMac. Depending on which iMac you have, you will need an adapter as Bob pointed out above.

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    Quote Originally Posted by macjones View Post
    It is a brand new iMac, 27", 3.4GHz, 8GB of 2400MHz DDR4 memory with the following connections: Headphone, SDXC card slot, USB 3, Thunderbolt 3 (USB-C), Gigabit Ethernet

    The specs to the cinema display I am trying to connect to the iMac can be found here: https://everymac.com/monitors/apple/...isplay_23.html
    So you will need a Mini DisplayPort to USB-c adapter, or cable. Do a web search, or try Amazon, ebay or monoprice for it.
    -- Bob --
    Please backup. Everything has a life cycle, unexpected and warning free. Nothing will last as long as you want it to.

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