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#1 wingspar


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Posted 05 May 2013 - 01:45 PM

Is there a way to share one monitor with two computers?

I am thinking of adding a Win 7 machine and would like to keep using my existing Win XP machine for a while but do not want or need to purchase another monitor.  The monitor is an expensive photo editing monitor.  Is there a way to have two computers and use the same monitor and just flip a switch to change computers?


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Posted 05 May 2013 - 01:54 PM

Yes, there is a way to run two computers off one monitor and mouse. You'll need a piece of hardware called a KVM switch. Here's one I found on a quick Amazon search, but there are others out there.


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Posted 05 May 2013 - 02:12 PM

I used a little switch a work before. Run 2 cables in and 1 out, switch it based on the one you use. I would suggest if you can just use a different cable like one DVI and the other VGA. Than all you have to do it press the button on the monitor instead of trying to find the doggle.


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Posted 05 May 2013 - 02:40 PM

The easiest is like Euro said...Use a KVM. That way you only need one keyboard and one mouse.

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Posted 05 May 2013 - 02:47 PM

Most monitors these days have multiple input ports and built in switching so that's what I use...i have both the bloodbath and the folding machine connected to the 27" thru different inputs...

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Posted 05 May 2013 - 03:23 PM

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Yes, there is a way to run two computers off one monitor and mouse. You'll need a piece of hardware called a KVM switch. Here's one I found on a quick Amazon search, but there are others out there.


Hope this helps :)




My keyboard and mouse are PS/2.  My monitor hookup is HDMI.  I don’t see that working.  Anything else out there?

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Posted 05 May 2013 - 06:36 PM

You could buy the new LG 29" 21:9 monitor that support picture in picture from two sources.



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Posted 05 May 2013 - 08:29 PM

The easiest way would be if your monitor has multiple inputs, use a different input port for the other computer.


For example, I had an Acer monitor that I hooked up to HDMI and DVI at the same time (one was my computer, the other my xbox 360) and when I wanted one or the other I would press the input button on it.


If you're willing to switch to USB input (they have PS2 to USB dongles that you can probably find for free) you could just get something like this: http://www.newegg.co...N82E16817801112

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Posted 06 May 2013 - 05:59 AM

HDMI easy.


You get a HDMI switch. Something like this. http://www.amazon.co...rds=hdmi switch


Then your going to need a USB switch as well for your mouse/keyboard. Or use a second set.

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Posted 06 May 2013 - 06:56 AM

I've got a KVM switch you can have for free, just pay the shipping. You will still need to convert from vga to hdmi.

This is the KVM I have.  http://www.newegg.co...N82E16817107407



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Posted 06 May 2013 - 08:30 AM

Well, I’ve slept since I bought this monitor.  The monitor is a DVI hookup, not HDMI.  The mouse and keyboard are PS/2.

I suppose if I sit the computers next to each other, I could just switch cables.  Kind of a hassle, but this should be a temporary situation and it looks like finding a switch that will work may be more trouble than it’s worth, however, if such a switch with DVI monitor and PS/2 mouse and keyboard exists, I’d like to know about it and keep my options open.

My monitor does have a VGA and an two HDMI connectors, so maybe that would work to hook both computers up to the monitor, but I would loose some capabilities with the VGA, and I haven’t found where I can switch within the monitor yet.  In fact, I don’t see it.  Have to dig deeper.


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