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Old 2011-09-13, 06:41   #1
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Oh, and you might like the dual-screen setup you get with your GPU. Add $200 for a nice extra monitor. $50 for a KVM switch if you want to run multiple machines from one monitor.
My experience with a KVM switch was that because of the extra VGA cable, the monitor wasn't detected and Windows wouldn't offer me the correct screen resolution. (Manually configurable on one PC's graphics card settings but not the other.) Also the picture would be 'fuzzy'.

Has anyone else had these problems?
Just with analogue monitors/connections?
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Old 2011-09-13, 12:43   #2
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My experience iwth a KVM switch is limited to a network with Win98, Win2K (as primaries) and WinXP SP3 as a secondary monitor. The monitors are recent flat panels. The oldest box there runs a Nohau 8051 in-circuit emulator when I need it, and Windoze networking to get the debug images.

I haven't had image quality problems, but Windows XP was way too ready to fool with video settings when it found the secondary monitor (on the far side of a GTX210 GPU) wasn't there. I eventually gave up and went back to single screen, and get an ersatz second screen when debugging by turning back to the XP box with the source code.

I do have two keyboards on this setup.

I have not gotten my money's worth out of the second KVM switch I bought, on account of running out of energy for the basement network after getting the Phenom II x6 box working. The phenom II x6 box has its lid open and still waiting for me to figure out how to install an aux fan.
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Old 2011-09-13, 15:50   #3
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I've two solutions. A KVM switch for the servers I don't use very often; it's there primarily for rebooting, etc. Interactive use is generally over the network anyway.

The two machines in frequent interactive use are plugged into the two DVI sockets on the back of the same monitor so they each get full quality graphics but, of course, it means I've two keyboards and two mice on my desktop.


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Old 2011-09-13, 16:09   #4
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... I've two keyboards and two mice on my desktop.
One set for each hand, of course. And if you had two monitors then that would be perfect, one for each eye. The question being why are we humans so severely limited with our lack of abundant external manipulatable control operating protrusions?
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Old 2011-09-13, 16:31   #5
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My experience with Linux is that I had to have each system as the current system while I boot it. Once it had detected the monitor and chosen screen settings etc I could switch to another system to boot it.

Not a big issue if they normally run all the time.

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One set for each hand, of course. And if you had two monitors then that would be perfect, one for each eye. The question being why are we humans so severely limited with our lack of abundant external manipulatable control operating protrusions?
Actually, I used have two monitors, one per system, until a cat ran berserk after a bird it had brought in. When I got home one evening I found feathers, blood and sundry other pieces of dismantled poultry (or possibly game, I'm not too sure of the official classification of blackbirds) and a monitor that had been knocked over such that its screen hit a sharp and hard corner on the way down.

The house contents insurance paid for a new monitor but I've not yet got enough round tuits for it to be installed properly.


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Old 2011-09-14, 00:56   #7
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I got a 4-port KVM.

3 PCs on XP; 1 on Vista
1 old style (not flat) monitor
1 keyboard
1 mouse
= 1 very uncluttered desk

0 problems + 0 issues
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Old 2011-09-19, 06:40   #8
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My experience with a KVM switch was that because of the extra VGA cable, the monitor wasn't detected and Windows wouldn't offer me the correct screen resolution. (Manually configurable on one PC's graphics card settings but not the other.) Also the picture would be 'fuzzy'.

Has anyone else had these problems?
Just with analogue monitors/connections?
I haven't seen the original thread, but can you hook up one PC via VGA and another via DVI or HDMI? I have two computers connected directly to the same LCD monitor, one by VGA and the other through the video card's DVI Out. Both gave great displays automatically.

My father has a KVM switch on two of his computers, and the arrangement is balky at best.

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Old 2011-09-19, 13:04   #9
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Balky or bulky? My desk is more than a bit clunky, with the 3 machines on top.
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Balky or bulky? My desk is more than a bit clunky, with the 3 machines on top.
Bulky too, but definitely balky -- he needs to turn things on in a definite order (which I've never learned), or else one of the PCs won't display anything. Even so, IIRC if you start switching from one to the other PC sometimes the display just stops working for no apparent reason.

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Old 2011-10-23, 23:09   #11
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I got a 4-port KVM.

3 PCs on XP; 1 on Vista
1 old style (not flat) monitor
1 keyboard
1 mouse
= 1 very uncluttered desk

0 problems + 0 issues
A few weeks after I submitted this one of my three PCs (the one running Vista)on the KVM stopped talking to the keyboard. Control Panel says it is working fine and the driver is up to date but I cannot type with it. The Keyboard works just fine with the other 2 PCs though.

I will be updating the non-keyboard-working PC to W-7 soon and see what happens then.

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