I need to use my 2012 iMac as a hardwired display (not remote) for my 2011 Mac Pro tower which of course doesn't have thunderbolt...

iMacs must use thunderbolt for features like target display mode etc. Would this resolve this issue? :-)

  • Asked by Jesse R from Kalamazoo
  • Aug 5, 2012
Thunderbolt to FireWire Adapter

Thunderbolt to FireWire Adapter

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2 Answers from the Community

  • Answer

    No. Target Display Mode requires a DisplayPort connection, which some Mac Pro video cards have, or two native Thunderbolt connections. See Apple support KB articles HT3924 and PH4469 at support.apple.com.

    • Answered by Jonathan B from Emeryville
    • Aug 11, 2012
  • Unfortunately this won't work for your set up as this adapter is one-way - FROM a Thunderbolt port on a computer TO a FireWire port.

    For conformation of this you can read Apple's support document HT5309 "Apple Thunderbolt Adapters: Frequently asked questions (FAQ)" or search online for "Apple's Thunderbolt FireWire adapter is a one-way connector" (with quotes) to read an article.

    • Answered by An A
    • Aug 6, 2012