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Old Oct 25th, 2015, 03:27 PM   #1
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Use Early 2009 24" iMac as an external for 2015 15" MacBook Pro Retina

Hey ehMac,

So I just completed a purchase of a new-to-me MacBook Pro Retina 15", which had been purchased by someone else from the Apple Store earlier this month.

I have an early 2009 24" monitor, and am wondering how I could use it as an external monitor for this new computer:





Thanks for your help.
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Old Oct 25th, 2015, 04:50 PM   #2
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It doesn't look like the iMac you describe will do display target mode: https://support.apple.com/en-ca/HT204592


But all is not lost! You may want to give ScreenRecycler a whirl. I set someone up with it a few years ago and it worked very well for day-to-day stuff. Word processing, browsing, etc.: http://www.screenrecycler.com/ScreenRecycler.html
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Old Oct 25th, 2015, 08:41 PM   #3
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I wonder if SwitchResX could be used as a solution as well.

We used it with a second display with one of our Macs some time ago but I can't recall the details nor the connection method used.
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It doesn't look like the iMac you describe will do display target mode: https://support.apple.com/en-ca/HT204592


But all is not lost! You may want to give ScreenRecycler a whirl. I set someone up with it a few years ago and it worked very well for day-to-day stuff. Word processing, browsing, etc.: ScreenRecycler
What Screen Sharing will do is simply get you a mirrored screen. ScreenRecycler will open up an extended desktop for you. Real Estate!
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Old Oct 30th, 2015, 11:33 PM   #5
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Hell, yes! I've been running some tests with ScreenRecycler. I neither have screen target mode capable Macs at hand.
However, with the proper drivers installed, and JollyFastVNC, ScreenRecycler will get you an extended desktop. Even over WiFi.
JollyFastVnc is not freeware, however.
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