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Old 2003-07-25, 20:34   #1
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I am looking for a way to use one monitor on two computers. Is there some way to do this without unplugging and replugging the monitor each time? I would really like to be able to save some money here (less on monitors, more on CPUs ) :D Any help would be appreciated. Thanks

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Old 2003-07-25, 22:10   #2
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You can do this easily with a KVM (Keyboard, Viedo, Mouse) box that will allow you to use one monitor, keyboard, and mouse for multiple computers. They come in a variety of configurations. Check out newegg...
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Old 2003-07-25, 22:21   #3
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You can also do it with software. Do a search for VNC.
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Old 2003-07-26, 00:55   #4
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Or, if you are running Windows XP, you can use "Remote Desktop"... (It is built in!)
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Old 2003-07-26, 04:45   #5
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Thanks Xyzzy :(
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Thanks guys, that really helped. I thought I was going to have to solder something together and it would be really messy and ugly. :)
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Old 2003-07-27, 20:14   #7
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For point of reference, I'm currently running one set of 6 machines on one monitor/KB, another set of 16 machines on another monitor/KB.

I've got a FEW Belkin OmniView / Aten (?) Masterview 6-port KVMs - they "stacK", meaning you can run them at more than one level of KVM.

Basically, you can run these particular units (and the 4-port versions) in up to 3 levels of KVM, allowing up to 216 machines to be controller by one KB/monitor.


Other folks make similar units, but these tend to be some of the lowest-cost per port units on eBay - and they use STANDARD monitor/KB/mouse cables, which are easy and cheap to find and help KEEP the cost low per port.

I think Belkin still has the 6-port units in production, but discontinued the 4-port version.
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Old 2003-08-01, 07:34   #8
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[quote="QuintLeo"]For point of reference, I'm currently running one set of 6 machines on one monitor/KB, another set of 16 machines on another monitor/KB.

How many boxen do you have?!?
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Old 2003-08-01, 13:21   #9
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I just have one right now, but I am planning to add another in the next few months and I was wanting to find a way to get around having to buy a monitor for it too.
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Something like 25, once I get them all back up and running.

I've been doing some remodeling on my computer/library room....
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Quote:
Originally Posted by QuintLeo
Something like 25, once I get them all back up and running.

I've been doing some remodeling on my computer/library room....
May as well rewire while you're at it. How many amps do you draw in the library? Must be close to 20
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