Is there a device that will let me run two computers on one monitor???

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BB2K

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Is there a device that will let me run two computers on one monitor???

TIA

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PlexWriter 12/10/32A
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DXR3 + 6x DVD-ROM
CTX VL950ST 19" Monitor
 
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grover

Ex pert
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They're called KVM switches (keyboard-video-mouse) and allow you to run 2 (or more) computers through a single station; they're fairly cheap, and come in a million different flavors. You can get one with just a monitor A/B switch if that's all you really need. I know Black Box corp makes quite a few, but if you look around, you can find a slew more.
 
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LaoChe

New Member
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Go with a Belkin KVM switch or if you want a bad ass switch get a Cybex SwitchView OSD.
DO NOT get an A/B switch! Those things freakin' suck! Your video will be degraded BIG TIME with one of those. Oh, and you can always go with Baloneyflaps' suggestion too.
 
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MadCat

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Monitors with two (or more?) inputs can also be used on two computers.

My Iiyama Visionmaster Pro 410 has both a VGA 15-pin and a BNC-5 input, and I have one computer hooked to each. You can switch between the two via the menu, and some monitors even come with a quick switch key.

I have two sets of keyboards and mice. They're not as hard to tuck away as you might think.

The advantage here is you don't get the distortion normally seen in cheap KVM switches, and you'll pay near or over $100 for a high-quality video switch. My friend's $30 KVM switch has terrible ghosting problems. Might as well spend $3-400 for no distortion and get a new monitor out of the deal.

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K6-III

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The 22" $791 Samsung 1200NF has dual VGA inputs. My Samsung 700IFT has both VGA and BNC.

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GunFodder

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My Mitsubishi Diamond Pro 900u not only has dual video inputs (VGA and BNC). It also has a built-in USB hub with dual inputs that are slaved to the video input. I tried using it as a KVM switch with a USB mouse, but one of my boxes has an old MB that doesn't handle hot-switched USB devices very well. And USB keyboards don't work in the BIOS, which makes them quite useless.
 
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Gasman

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MY monitor makes the coffee while I type!


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BB2K

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As I'm low on desk space at the mo:

I gonna go with the below setup for my neww
win2k server:


Manufacturer Description Quantity Price
Intel PentiumIII 1Ghz 256KbFCPGA 133 1 £202.00
Belkin 2port omnicube KVM Switch PS/2 1 £79.00
Ricoh 8xDVDROM 32r12w10rw Int IDE RP 1 £179.00
Hercules 3DProphetII PRO 64MBDDR OEM VO 1 £245.00
IBM Deskstar 75GXP 46.1Gb UDMA100 2 £228.00
Abit FCPGA Intel 815ep ATX A Raid 1 £98.00
Logitech Cordless Desktop Pro Ps2 1 £69.00
AOpen Full Tower ATX (Grey) 300W 1 £65.00
Crucial
Technology 256Mb 168DIMM PC133 NP CL2 2 £131.38
Creative SB Live! Player 5.1 PCI Retail 1 £48.00
Sub-total £1,344.38
VAT £235.22
Total £1,579.60


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Current System:
ASUS P3V4X
256MB PC-133
PIII 700E
Geforce SDR 32MB AGP
SBLive Value
PlexWriter 12/10/32A
30.7GB IBM Deskstar 75
DXR3 + 6x DVD-ROM
CTX VL950ST 19" Monitor