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  1. #16
    Quote Originally Posted by chscag View Post
    The monitor on that particular iMac can not normally be used as a separate display since there is no video input. There was an app called "ScreenRecycler" but it appears the developer has discontinued it. If you can find a copy of it, that might work to use your iMac as a spare monitor.
    Are you sure? I found a help guide on the Apple site that says otherwise - I can use Target Display Mode apparently with this one as long as I can connect them both

  2. #17
    Help with diagnosis of iMac
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    Target display mode is different from using the iMac just as a spare monitor. Go over what Target Display mode does and see if your iMac qualifies. If you can operate that way, then that may work for you. Let us know.

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    Help with diagnosis of iMac
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    It's not uncommon with a failing HD for it to crash after a complete reinstall of the OS. It just seems to push it over the brink. Logical when you think about it. If it's the original drive then it is 8 years old which is well past the average of 5-6 years years for a HDD.
    Personally I'd go with the replacement SSD, my wife did this on her 2011 MBP some years back and the improvement was very noticeable. I think using an external drive will negate the speed advantages of an SSD but it would get you up and running.
    I used to be conceited but now I'm perfect.

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