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    brairden's Avatar
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    Jul 24, 2010
    Dayton, Ohio
    2 iMacs, 1 MBP, 1 UMB, 1 mini
    Intel Imac and mini dvi to hdmi setup
    I have a 17" Imac 2.0 with a broken display. Evidently the person that I got it from made half on attempt to fix it, and then put it back together. The RAM wasn't seated correctly, so she wasn't even getting the startup chime. I reseated the RAM and got the chime. I had a mini dvi to hdmi connector laying around, so I attached and it plugged it in to my tv. Now, is there a way to force it to detect displays at startup? Or any other way anyone knows to get this to display externally?

    Basically I am trying to see if the display is the only problem with the computer, before I buy one. I tried target disk mode to no avail.
    15" 2.53ghz i5 MacBook Pro (2010) 8gb, 500gb HD - 60gb OWC SSD
    13" 2.4ghz MacBook Unibody (late 2008) 4gb, 250gb
    24" 2.4ghz Aluminum iMac (mid 2007) 3gb, 1tb
    mini 2.0ghz - 32gb iPhone 4

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    Jan 23, 2008
    Keller, Texas
    2017 27" iMac, 10.5" iPad Pro, iPhone 6s+, iPhone 7+, Numerous iPods, High Sierra
    If it was a notebook it could be done by using clamshell mode, however, with an iMac that's not possible. If you already tried Target Disk Mode and it didn't work, I don't know of another way to force the video to an external monitor.

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