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Hi. I'll try to be short (and hope to be clear). I have an iMac 24" 2008 (core 2 duo 2.8 - 4gb) that I use mostly for photo editing. I'm thinking of getting high performance getting a mini. My questions:

 

1. is it possible to use my iMac as a monitor of mini - does the mini dvi on iMac allow input so it can be used to make the iMac a mini monitor ( i red something like that elsewhere clicking an F2 combination key but can remember where)? If so I can use all the mini power and get al peripheral on the iMac ate the same time as the iMac would be a monitor and a iMac at the same time.

 

2. otherwise is it wise using mini for processing hard applications by a wifi net (installing the app on mini and start then in the iMac by wifi connection)?

 

3.is there any other a way to improve iMac power adding an mini? 

 

Thanks for reading.

Regards.

 

Ps.: I'm in Brazil so things get much more expensive here (about twice us prices) and there is a very weak second handed market...

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Originally Posted by Esteban2811 View Post
…iMac 24" 2008… 

 

1. is it possible to use my iMac as a monitor…

 

Nope. You need at least a Late 2009 27" to do Target Display.

 

There are third-party solutions that can read in video input via USB, however. Or you can screen share with the Mac Mini heedlessly over Wi-Fi or Ethernet, but that's probably a substandard solution.


3.is there any other a way to improve iMac power adding an mini? 


Nope.

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Bad news. Wifi or ethernet would kill mini graphics at least...

 

Thanks for replying so soon.

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Originally Posted by Esteban2811 View Post

Bad news. Wifi or ethernet would kill mini graphics at least...

Surely you'd get enough money from selling the iMac to be able to buy a brand new display that has a warranty.

Check what the going price is for your model:

http://lista.mercadolivre.com.br/imac
http://www.everymac.com/systems/apple/imac/specs/imac-core-2-duo-2.8-24-inch-aluminum-early-2008-penryn-specs.html

and see if you'd be able to get a new display:

http://accessories.la.dell.com/sna/sna.aspx?c=br&cs=brdhs1&l=pt&s=dhs&~topic=monitores_21a23

Check the display is IPS so it's suitable for photography. They come with 3 year warranties. Getting one with HDMI is quite a good idea too as that gives you more options for things to connect to it.
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