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Old 2005-09-07, 09:56   #1
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Hi, I have two boxes, a netbox, and a nonet box that are connected so that I can transfer files from one to the other. But I would like to be able to do this with only one monitor. Does anyone know of a device – or software - that will allow me to switch the input to the monitor from one box to the other.

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Old 2005-09-07, 11:27   #2
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Hi, I have two boxes, a netbox, and a nonet box that are connected so that I can transfer files from one to the other. But I would like to be able to do this with only one monitor. Does anyone know of a device – or software - that will allow me to switch the input to the monitor from one box to the other.

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The search term you are looking for is "KVM switch" KVM means keyboard, video & mouse. Lots of different types are available and I suggest you use a search engine to find some local suppliers.


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Old 2005-09-07, 12:18   #3
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2 port KVM switch are very inexpensive (6 upwards starts to get silly money). Various budget manufacturers including Belkin. Available at your local PC superstore.

An alternative is get a monitor with TWO inputs eg DVI and VGA dsub and use the monitor controls to switch between.

Alternatively you could use some kind of remote desktop software.
eg PC anywhere, Xwindows session over SSH. But these need some form of connection eg serial, parallel or net which may compromise your net/nonet security.

Of get an additional cheap 15" or 17" CRT monitor as these are going cheap now that people like TFT flatscreens, particularly on the second hand market, maybe even free!

A KVM switch is nice I have a four port on on my machines. However, in honesty there are big advantages to TWO screens. Let's say you want to read something on one machine and type it in another. Two side by side is much more easy than keep switching. That is why a two REAL screen setup is cool. But keep one switched off most of the time to conserve power. The best is two real screens, also with a common drive (net or NAS or shared). This means you have two ways of looking at docs on the same disk.
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Old 2005-09-07, 12:52   #4
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I think I'll go for the KVM switch, mainly because I don't think the girlfriend would be very impressed if I took her picture down to make way for another monitor!

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Old 2005-09-07, 15:07   #5
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Here is the one im useing its good has the builtin cables and works with scrlck + scrlck + channel 1 or 2
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applicati...7875&CatId=202
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Old 2005-09-12, 01:17   #6
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a much cheaper solution would to get a very inexpensive vga switch box ( A + B) for like 6 bucks at a comptuer place

then just scrape up / "borrow" a keyboard & mouse

and just sit the extra stuff on top


a kvm runs about 25 -40 bucks

a a / b switch runs like 8 bucks

( i have both and the kvm is much more convienent but im just saying there are cheaper alternatives avaliable)
http://www.monoprice.com/products/search.asp?keyword=54

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Old 2005-09-12, 04:46   #7
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vnc might be a good solution
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Old 2005-09-12, 19:10   #8
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Thank you all for your interest and help. I thought about the switch that moo recommended, but postage from Florida was going to be another 10 bucks, so I went for this one instead.

http://www.kvmswitchdirect.co.uk/aca...puters_11.html

Delivered the next day, installed in 5 minutes and works like a dream, what more could you ask for.

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