Thunderbolt port to mini-Displayport via Thunderbolt to Thunderbolt cable
Will a Thunderbolt cable connect a 2012 MacbookPro (with a Thunderbolt port) to a late-2009 iMac (with a miniDisplay port) and operate in target mode? What about audio signal as well as video?
- Asked by Andrew M from Darien
- Jan 8, 2013
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2 Answers from the Community
The simple answer is no. The Mini-DisplayPort in your 2009-era iMac won't understand the thunderbolt signal. The Mini-DisplayPort in your iMac doesn't have a data channel the way ThunderBolt does, so it can't work in Target mode. Also, I've tried connecting ThunderBolt MacBooks to my 2009-era 27" iMac with a Mini-DisplayPort cable and the iMac doesn't recognize the laptop and doesn't display it's contents on the screen.
Sadly. despite looking physically identical, ThunderBolt and Mini-DisplayPort don't play well together.
- Answered by Matthew S from Toronto
- Jan 15, 2013
All you need is a mini-Displayport to mini-Displayport cable. Skip this upscale Thunderbolt to Thunderbolt cable. You'll find mini-Displayport to mini-Displayport cables much cheaper in other retailers.
- Answered by Meng W from Ansonia
- Jan 18, 2013