I have an old Dell Omniplex 740 workstation running Win XP that I am replacing with a brand new Dell Latitude E5470 notebook running Win 7 and a Dell Pro2X E-Port docking station.
The old PC is connected to a Dell 2407 WFPb 24" monitor. Once the conversion is complete, I want to use that same monitor with the new notebook by attaching it to the docking station. I have about half of my applications moved over to the new PC, but I am getting frustrated with the small (14") laptop screen.
Is there a way I can share the 24" monitor with both the old and new PCs? Can I buy some sort of switch that will allow me to connect this monitor to both the old PC as it is now and also the new PC through the docking station and switch back and forth without having to power either one off? This is just a temporary setup until I can get the last few apps off the old PC. Probably a few weeks.
I see a bunch of "monitor switches" for sale, but I have no clue at to which ones work well and what the pitfalls might be.
These are the ports I have to work with. I have also attached photos of the actual ports.
The monitor is fairly new. It has these ports on the back: DVI, VGA, Composite Video, S-Video, Component Video (RCA?), 1 USB upstream port, and 2 USB downstream ports. It has these ports on the side: 2 USB ports, 1 combo SM/SD/MS/MMC port, and 1 Conpact Flash port.
The old PC has these ports: 25 pin parallel port (12+13), 9 pin serial (4+5), 15 pin VGA (3x5), 59 pin DMS-59 (4x15 minus 1), Ethernet, and 5 USB ports.
The monitor is connected to the old PC through the 15-pin VGA cable out the back of the monitor. That cable is connected to the Video "1" VGA side of a Molex DMS-59 to VGA splitter and the DMS-59 side is connected to that port on the PC. I don’t know why it isn’t just connected to the VGA port. It was done a long time ago by a tech support guy.
The Molex splitter looks like this: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B003EHCPWM.
The docking station for the new PC has these ports: Network (Ethernet?), parallel, DVI 1 & 2, DisplayPort 1 & 2, VGA, serial, PS/2, USB/E-Sata, & 5 USB ports.
Should I try removing the Molex splitter and just connecting the VGA cable directly from the monitor to the old PC? If that works, can I get one of the VGA switches?
If this really won't work or will be a huge hassle, just tell me and I'll just go buy another monitor. I may want to use two on the new PC at some point.
While looking at these switches, I noticed that some of them claimed to be able to share the keyboard and mouse as well. I currently have a Logitech wireless mouse and keyboard on the old PC. I will probably want to move them to the new PC as well. Do these switches work for wireless devices or should I just go get another set of those, too?
Thanks for any help.
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