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How do I make an old iMac G5 a monitor?

Spoom182Spoom182 Registered User regular
It's pretty simple, I have an iMac G5 that, once I fix my computer later today, I won't use any more. I remember reading that you can make it a stand-alone monitor for a windows computer, but I can't for the life of me remember how to do it or where I heard this. I'm under the impression that you need to put some program on it that makes it function only as a monitor (and I may just be misremembering all this, so please tell me if I'm wrong), so a link to that would be greatly appreciated, and the equipment I need to get it to plug into my DVI video card, since the mac uses some weird mac-exclusive video connection. Thanks

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    Rotting MeatRotting Meat Registered User regular
    edited April 2009
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    FremFrem Registered User regular
    edited April 2009
    Synergy doesn't do that at all; it's a software KVM.
    or might be closer to what you're looking for. They don't exactly fit the usage scenario you're looking for, though.

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    corcorigancorcorigan Registered User regular
    edited April 2009
    I think you'll be better just buy a new monitor...

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    ZackSchillingZackSchilling Registered User regular
    edited April 2009
    Synergy is a great solution to a different problem. It's also a solution you might like more than entirely decommissioning the Mac.

    If you want to use the Mac to display data, maybe static text, then VNC will work fine. It'll let the Mac connect to the PC and mirror a screen. I don't know how he setup would go, but if you were to convince the PC that it had 2 screens, then VNC connect to the one you don't actually have, that would do what you want.

    However, VNC is no good for video or information that needs to update quickly. For that, you'd want to do a hardware hack on the iMac, probably something with the internal video cable. It's a largely undocumented ribbon connection that feeds a regular DVI signal. I don't think that's worth your time... since you'll more than likely get nowhere and ruin the iMac.

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