Separate DVI and VGA to one screen?

Discussion in 'General Hardware' started by Mainframeguy, Oct 29, 2004.

  1. Mainframeguy

    Mainframeguy Debiant by way of Ubuntu Folding Team

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    I asked this at end of another thread - but decided it should have it's own thread as a separate question.

    So - background is at end of this thread here

    But basically has anyone ever taken the VGA and DVI leads from ONE monitor and plugged them into TWO DIFFERENT machines both powered on? Then tried switching between DVI and VGS modes on their monitor to "toggle" between the machines? If that would work for me it would be pretty neat....

    I am hoping someone has done it and can advise....

    Also if it carries any danger advice would again be appreciated....
     
  2. jw50

    jw50 OSNN Senior Addict

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    As long as you have a switch that determines which feed is active on the monitor there should be no problem connecting two different machines since the monitor will only be receiving one feed at a time.
     
  3. Admiral Michael

    Admiral Michael Michaelsoft Systems CEO Folding Team

    possibly, check to see if u have the option like jw50 said. Yolu could also just get a cheap kvm switch and then you wouldnt even need another keyboard and mouse.
     
  4. Zedric

    Zedric NTFS Guru Folding Team

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    A friend of mine had this setup on his Dell computer and screen plus his server (som old IBM or something). It worked very well without any KVM switch. The desktop was connected via DVI and the server via D-sub (VGA as you say). He could select computer with a button on the screen that changed between DVI and D-sub. The mouse and keyboard however is still tied to one computer of course.

    I have a similar button on my screen (Hercules 920 Pro DVI), but since I only have one connector (DVI-I) on the screen I will need a splitter cable before I could try it.
     
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  5. Mainframeguy

    Mainframeguy Debiant by way of Ubuntu Folding Team

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    Thanks all!

    Esp. Zedric - I shall try it now soon enough, there will not be so much room for my feet under the tiny desk I have but it will be worth it for the transition - and I shall post here of course on the outcome :cool: ;)
     
  6. Mainframeguy

    Mainframeguy Debiant by way of Ubuntu Folding Team

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    well I tried it and it worked for a little while....

    stopped now though and I am worrying my 9700 card may have fried :eek: I could not be certain the arctic cooler applied properly and part of its casing was in touch with a component.....

    I shall experiment further - wish I had a cheap VGA card to swap with it and try though :(
     
  7. Mainframeguy

    Mainframeguy Debiant by way of Ubuntu Folding Team

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    OK got it working now - think it was something to do with having not conjnected all my IDE devices (God only knows why - both masters were on).... Basically been building my new AMD64 system today and found I am an IDE short - went back to my PII and stole an old one while waiting so that I could boot machine and get on with format - that is running now while I am using the DVI mode ;) It's neat but can get confusing with all the keyboards and stuff ;)
     
  8. Zedric

    Zedric NTFS Guru Folding Team

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    Glad it worked! :)

    But yeah, the keyboards and mice do tend to get mixed up when switching computers. ;)
     
  9. ignipotentis

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    Thats why someone invented the KVM
     
  10. Zedric

    Zedric NTFS Guru Folding Team

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    Haha, yes of course. But since it's just two of each I'd probably just get used to it instead of bying another gadget. :)