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    • another casualty
    • By another casualty 9th Jul 17, 4:41 PM
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    Connect old Mac mini to new iMac ?
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    Connect old Mac mini to new iMac ? 9th Jul 17 at 4:41 PM
    Howdy
    I have a 10+ year old Mac mini , running on snow leopard (20.5.8?)
    In the next couple of weeks, I will be getting a new iMac .
    Just wondering if I can do the above ?? Trying to save space and use 1 screen only
    The old Mac mini has the old vga connections . I have got a vga- hdmi cable which I used for connecting to my tv. Not sure if that's relevant or as I suspect Appe will ensure I purchase a new expensive cable .

    Thanks
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    • By debitcardmayhem 9th Jul 17, 6:30 PM
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    • 9th Jul 17, 6:30 PM
    Use teamviewer perhaps
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    • By datostar 10th Jul 17, 8:36 AM
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    • 10th Jul 17, 8:36 AM
    Should check with the Apple Forums on the official site. I've got a late 2012 iMac and there definitely isn't any way of physically connecting another computer to it to use it as a monitor. I doubt that newer models will have it either. You might be able to use mirroring from the Mac mini if it supports that but a 10 yr old model might not.
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    • By almillar 10th Jul 17, 1:56 PM
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    There is an era of iMac that allows it to be used as a monitor for another computer, but it only lasted for 1-2 years, and you had to actually have the Mac running for it to work!
    If we're talking about a new iMac here, then no. VNC or Teamviewer as above, but It'll be laggy compared to directly into a monitor. Any old LCD TV should have a VGA input, or you can get converters (not Apple ones!) for VGA to DVI, or HDMI, which has you covered for any flatscreen TV or monitor.
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    • By another casualty 10th Jul 17, 3:25 PM
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    • 10th Jul 17, 3:25 PM
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    Thanks for your help folks .
    Looks like the best thing to do , is to hook it up to my tv.
    No big deal really , other than it being an eyesore in my hifi rack underneath the tv
    • rhysadams
    • By rhysadams 11th Jul 17, 1:03 PM
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    • 11th Jul 17, 1:03 PM
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    • 11th Jul 17, 1:03 PM
    Teamviewer is really good to see your device. I use this when I'm away from the office.
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