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    Can I use my dead 24 Imac for monitor w/ Mac Mini?
    I have an Imac 24 that looks like it is dead. The monitor still works but that's it. Can I hook up a Mac Mini to it and use the monitor and if so how?
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    Your dead iMac has no video input port, only video output. The only iMac that supports video both ways is the new 27" iMac. So no, as far as I know, there is no way to use that monitor. If the machine was functional, there is software that would allow you to use it as a second monitor but since it's not working you can't even do that.

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    How about if I open the Imac up and pull out the screen. Is there any way to hook just the screen up with a cable into a Mac Mini?

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    I guess if you have the technical knowledge it would be possible. You'll need the entire display assembly though - inverter, PS, cables, etc. Be an interesting project. If the iMac is truly dead, you might still be able to sell it for parts on eBay. Mac machine parts are always in demand. With the money you get from the parts, you can buy a nice new LCD display for your Mini.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kmansinger View Post
    How about if I open the Imac up and pull out the screen. Is there any way to hook just the screen up with a cable into a Mac Mini?
    My guess is if you didn't already know the answer to your original question...

    "Can I use my dead 24 iMac for monitor w/ Mac Mini?"

    ...then you probably don't have the technical knowledge to...

    "open up the iMac and pull out the screen. Is there any way to hook just the screen up with a cable into a Mac Mini?

    Best bet is to find a used LCD display on Craig's List for your Mac Mini.

    Good luck,

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    Quote Originally Posted by kmansinger View Post
    How about if I open the Imac up and pull out the screen. Is there any way to hook just the screen up with a cable into a Mac Mini?

    ANY way to hook it up? Possibly.

    In the real world, however, the answer is no. The screen uses proprietary connectors, will not work outside the iMac.

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    I'm pretty sure my Imac is dead. It doesn't make the start up sound and all I get is the gray apple logo and the spinning thing. It doesn't see the cd drive either. I don't have a Mac mini either it was just a thought of how to put my Imac screen to use.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kmansinger View Post
    I'm pretty sure my Imac is dead. It doesn't make the start up sound and all I get is the gray apple logo and the spinning thing. It doesn't see the cd drive either. I don't have a Mac mini either it was just a thought of how to put my Imac screen to use.
    WOW...we went through all of this discussion just to find out that you don't even have a Mac-Mini!!!

    It might have been nice for this little detail to have been a little more clearly stated at the beginning of this thread!

    The discussion is fine...but the conversation might have taken a different direction...such as more theoretical than practical.

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