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    Compatibility of a 2nd monitor
    Can I hook up a Canadian 2001 Apple monitor to my 2011 Australian iMac?

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    What kind of video inputs does the 2001 monitor have? Your 2011 iMac has a Thunderbolt output port which is backward compatible to the MiniDisplayPort. Whether it's Canadian or Australian shouldn't matter as long as the Canadian monitor can operate on 240 V since Canadian power like the US is 120 V.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chscag View Post
    What kind of video inputs does the 2001 monitor have? Your 2011 iMac has a Thunderbolt output port which is backward compatible to the MiniDisplayPort. Whether it's Canadian or Australian shouldn't matter as long as the Canadian monitor can operate on 240 V since Canadian power like the US is 120 V.
    Thank you for responding. The Candadian 2001 monitor has an attached lead with a VGA connection on the end - it has 3 rows of 10 pins. there is a gap at the end of the 1st and 3rd rows and then an addition 2 pins on each row and the 2nd row has the same gap and then a solid wide and flat pin.

    I had used a Samsung monitor for years but on re-attaching it after a move it won't "boot up"…it just keeps doing a very fast disco flash saying something about the display size. I have tried a new mini display port to DVI Adaptor but it hasn't helped. To be honest, I saw the Apple monitor left out for the rubbish and thought it was worth a try but then saw it was Canadian. If I am only using it as a secondary monitor and all the power is actually coming through the iMac, will it harm the iMac if the Canadian power is 120V??

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    If I am only using it as a secondary monitor and all the power is actually coming through the iMac, will it harm the iMac if the Canadian power is 120V??
    No. Anyway, Apple products are designed for world wide use. The only difference would be the receptacle size and the different male plugs.

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    If the monitor has this cable attached to it - you're not going to directly attach that to a 2011 iMac. That is the old Apple Display Connector - similar to, but not a DVI connector. It draws not only the video signal, but power via that cable. If you can find an adapter for it to get it to work, it'll run you $100 US or more - and that's if the monitor even still works.

    You'll need one of these and a 240v to 120v adapter to plug it in and a mini displayport to DVI adapter.

    Would suggest putting it back out on the curb where you found it.
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    I really agree with Bobtomay on this. Besides 100 bucks for an adapter when you can buy a new 23" or 24" LCD display for 150ish is a much better option.

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