DVi Splitters

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    Hi there. I've searched around a bit and I'm unsure how to proceed. I understand there are splitters from output to two different screens, but I want to split two outputs to one screen.

    i.e. Two pc's to one screen. Obviously I will only be using one PC at a time but it just saves hassle of having to swap the plug over each time I switch on the other pc.

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    It's called a KVM.

    ie: Konig 2 Port PS/2 KVM Switch - £12.60 delivered

    It allows you to connect 2 PCs via DVI to one monitor. To switch from 1 PC to another you simply press the button on the KVM.
    This model also has 2 connectors for an old style PS/2 keyboard and mouse, so you only need one set to control both PCs. If you search around you should be able to find one suitable for USB keyboards/mice for ~ £50.
    More expensive KVM will also allow you to define keyboard shortcuts, ie: CTRL + SHIFT + F12 to switch computer, so you can tuck the KVM away under the desk.
     
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    tidy, cheers buddy
     
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    Also notice that most modern monitors have 2 or 3 inputs (ie: VGA, DVI and HDMI). If yours has DVI and VGA or DVI and HDMI you may be able to connect the 2nd computer via an adapter cable.
     
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    Reading the reviews for the above KVM, it turns out that it doesn't come with any cables.

    You will need to factor those into the total cost before placing an order.
     
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    Yeah, I had thought that originally, the monitor in question is a Samsung SyncMaster 226BW. It has DVI and VGA but I haven't received the second computer yet so I'll have to wait and see. Will be picking up one of these and moving it upstairs to where my PS3 and XBox is and leaving my business PC and general PC downstairs on the syncmaster.
     
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    Provided your new computer has a DVI-I connector you will be able to use a simple converter and plug it into the VGA input of your Samsung monitor.

    [​IMG]
     
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    Ace, thanks for your help!
     

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