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I am trying to connect my 2011 IMAC to my ADT Security DVR to use for monitoring security cameras. I used the mini display port vga connector to connect to the external DVR. However I am not getting any video from the DVR. They IMAC only starts switching around different display resolutions.

Any suggestions on how to accomplish this would be much appreciated
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What iMac and what connection are you using?

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Imac 2011 27 inch, Intel Core i3

OS X 10.8.5 (12F45)

Connection: mini-display port from iMac to VGA port on Security DVR
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You are trying to go "from" the VGA port "to" the mdp on the iMac.

You will need to find a converter to convert VGA to a displayport signal.
I'm not aware of anyone making such a converter.

The mdp to VGA adapters you can find everywhere will not work - they are one way - displayport "to" VGA adapters.

You might start here - link.

The easiest and cheapest way is going to be buying an el cheapo VGA compatible monitor.

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(Also, the only Core i3 in a 27" would be the mid 2010 model - sold thru beginning of May '11.)

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Thanks, it looks like the monitor is the way to go.
Correct on the Core i3.
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