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    iMac display question
    I was wondering their was anyway that the iMac can be used as an external monitor for another computer. Is their a video input connection on the iMac. I dont have that much room on my desk and would like to use the iMac monitor as the primary display and then perhaps use a KVM switch to switch displays on that monitor. Is that possible at all or is it only possible to display whats being processed on the iMac?

    I know that the wording seems kinda jumbled but I hope it makes sense to you all.

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    You can't use it as another moniter. There is no input. Only thing you could possibly do is by a DV bridge, hook up the other computer to a video in there and then try to view the other computer though that. Only issue that you will probably have lag there
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    Which imac model is it ?

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    I dont have it yet, I was thinking about the G5 iMac

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr Bobbins
    Which imac model is it ?
    Doesn't make a difference...no All-In-One computer can be used as separate display, neither desktop models nor laptops...

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    I didn't think so, but wasn't 100% sure of the connections on a iMac. The other thing that I was thinking of, is how is the monitor plugged into the video card behind the scenes of the iMac? Is it via some sort of direct connection or is their a DVI connection since it is actually a LCD monitor? If it was connected via a DVI cable internally their might be a way to splice that to outside.

    Sorry about the odd question, but I just bought my first mac... I'm a long time PC user (actually an IT professional) and I'm always looking for something to do to see if its possible.

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    it is wired straight into the logic board. or sawdered.... (however that is spelled)

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    Quote Originally Posted by itloser
    I didn't think so, but wasn't 100% sure of the connections on a iMac. The other thing that I was thinking of, is how is the monitor plugged into the video card behind the scenes of the iMac? Is it via some sort of direct connection or is their a DVI connection since it is actually a LCD monitor? If it was connected via a DVI cable internally their might be a way to splice that to outside.

    Sorry about the odd question, but I just bought my first mac... I'm a long time PC user (actually an IT professional) and I'm always looking for something to do to see if its possible.
    It's surely not connected via DVI connector internally, but I don't think it's directly soldered either, for maintenance purposes.
    Technically, it surely is possible to find out which signals belong to which cable, and then solder it to a DVI connector, but that requires some expensive equipment and very good electronic skills and knowledge...otherwise, all you will do is render it useless.

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    Hope you don't mind me asking but why do you want to buy an imac g5 and then use the monitor for something else, I mean you could just buy a monitor ?

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    Just purely a space thing and utter curiosity... however we all knows what happened to the curious cat...

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    I remember I came up with this project awhile back to rig up my Mac plus so that I could use it as a second monitor, found out what all the wiring did from a site called xlerateyourmac (I think the site is down now) but bodged the job up and broke the monitor. Hey, a macmini put in a mac plus, that would be something!!!!

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