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#1 looney2340

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Posted 12 December 2010 - 10:02 PM

Hi Everyone,

I have a question i know you can use more then one monitor with one computer but not sure how to do this one here is my situation:

I have 2 desktops that i need to set up with one monitor and at the same time use one of the desktops and hook up to a samsung flat screen so i will have both computers hooked up to a shared monitor and one of them also hooked up to a flat screen. I want to do this with hardware can i do this with a switch to swap the video outputs to the monitor that i want to use ?


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Posted 13 December 2010 - 12:05 AM

If I read you correctly, I have really similar setup.
First of all, one of your computers video card has to support dual monitors.

My desktop is connected to two LCD monitors. One through DVI cable and the second one through VGA cable.
In addition, I use my first monitor's VGA port to connect it to my laptop.
Pushing one of monitor's button will switch the display from desktop to laptop.

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Posted 13 December 2010 - 03:01 AM

In addition to Broni's post can we have the monitors model numbers so we can do research on them?

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Posted 13 December 2010 - 09:34 AM

Hi Broni,


Some more info im setting this up for a friend so im not in front of her computer......Yes the diagram does show what i need to do also cryptodan im using a dell inspirion desktop and monitor i believe and i know that there is only one output for a monitor i want to try and do this as simple as possible without adding an additional video card....is there a way of using a video splitter such as a switch in order to do this or will i have to add a card which is what i want to avoid because i will need an open bay to also add a wireless mouse and keyboard and im not sure how may bays are available.

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Posted 13 December 2010 - 01:37 PM

You will need a KVM then for all computers involved.

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Posted 13 December 2010 - 03:59 PM

there is only one output for a monitor

If you're talking about one output on video card, you could use video splitter, but you'll get identical screen on both monitors, which kills the purpose.
You need a video card with two ports.

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Posted 14 December 2010 - 01:25 AM

hey cryptodan what is a KVM

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Posted 14 December 2010 - 01:27 AM

A KVM Switch is the following: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/KVM_switch




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