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Using one HD Monitor for two computers

Discussion in 'Computers / Software' started by audiokid, Apr 17, 2011.

  1. audiokid

    audiokid Staff

    Is it negative to use one HD Monitor with two computers. My eyes are poorer so I need a big screen and I have little room to put a second monitor.
    I have a second PC ready for internet. Whats the best way to hook this all up clean and simple?

    KVM switch yes ? Any suggestions on what you use?

  2. audiokid

    audiokid Staff

    I watched this and its pretty straight forward :

  3. audiokid

    audiokid Staff

    FWIW, I bought a KVM the other day but returned it and I'll tell you why.

    First off, it worked great and I have to get one but not the standard VGA PC connector.

    I'm looking or waiting a KVM that supports HDMI and specifically a DVI KVM switch.

    The KVM switch that I was only able to find uses the VGA and the difference in color and sharpness wasn't acceptable for me to loose. What I do right now is use an DVI to HDMI adaptor to a HD Flat screen and the picture is hands down superior to VGA. When trying to see tiny fonts on a DAW mixing console for hours, this sharpness is extremely important to me.

    HDMI monitoring is hands down, superior for virtual mixing consoles with detail.

    What I need is a DVI KVM switch.

    If you know of one that I can order, please let me know.
  4. audiokid

    audiokid Staff

    Now that I know what to search for, they make them. If you have any recommendations, please let me know.

    Here's a few I just found but I didn't know I can hook a screen via USB?
    Buy the Ultra GammaView 2555 2-Port USB DVI KVM w/ Audio at TigerDirect.ca

    This one looks better:

  5. TheJackAttack

    TheJackAttack Distinguished Member

    You want an HDMI hub not a KVM.

  6. Davedog

    Davedog Distinguished Member

    I want (need ) a switch that I can toggle between my PC and my Mac and use my dual screens. I have Cubase on the PC and PT on the mac and for some clients who have done a lot of their own work at their homes and want to 'sweeten' at my room, I'll need the ability to load into either platform. I still need an interface for the PC...motu 2408 and use the HD24 as my converters through the lightpipe.

    So what would be the proper switch for the monitor screens? The Mac is supporting two now and the PC can be any card I want....
  7. TheJackAttack

    TheJackAttack Distinguished Member

    OK Boys. Here you go. I am now not on the DroidX and can do a little snooping. This is the deal for the dual computer to single monitor solution:
    TruLink 2-Port DVI and USB KVM with Audio - Cables To Go

    It gets more complicated if you want two systems with dual monitors. I think in that case you're better off with a DVI-->HDMI converter and a large LED/LCD TV. I am editing and mixing on a 55" Vizio when I need lots of visual detail.
  8. TheJackAttack

    TheJackAttack Distinguished Member

    This one is the Schizzle....
    2 Port Dual DVI USB KVM Switch with Audio | StarTech.com

    And this one allows access to a computer anywhere you have internet access:
    2 Port Dual DVI USB KVM Switch with Audio | StarTech.com
  9. audiokid

    audiokid Staff

    John, HDMI hub doesn't work but the TruLink looks perfect and so does this one, what do you think?
    ATEN CS682 KVM Switch - DVI ,USB, Bonded Cables, Audio at TigerDirect.com

    Dog, your setup is more complicated and that looks right what John has posted.
  10. audiokid

    audiokid Staff

    PS, I'm using a 42 Vizio and love them. They are great for PC's
  11. TheJackAttack

    TheJackAttack Distinguished Member

    That will work. I am not a huge fan of USB video though things have improved I think since last I tried it. This is essentially functioning as a USB dock station and I just haven't had a lot of luck with them.

    I think the Cables-to-Go Trulink is the one you need Chris, and the Startech is the one Dave needs. However your mileage may vary and dealer dock fees may apply.

    Chris, this one is a little cheaper but no USB connectivity. I'm not sure that matters at all.
    TruLink 2-Port DVI and PS/2 KVM with Audio - Cables To Go

    Chris don't get wrapped up in the extra connections. You only need the monitor connections I think. The way these are normally used is someone like me who is formatting or doing maintenance on multiple computers at the same time, or connection to a server for remote monitoring.
  12. audiokid

    audiokid Staff

    I didn't know you can control video via usb.
    I'm with you on all the options, don't need that. Picture quality is paramount. The one I tried worked slick but the picture was degraded to RGB.
    Price isn't a concern for me, I want quality.
    This one looks good ( TruLink 2-Port DVI and USB KVM with Audio - Cables To Go ) but how do you connect the K & M for each computer? I only see one USB port per side except for the master. Don't we need two ports per side too? Or, does that one USB serve a dual function (Key and mouse) together?
  13. TheJackAttack

    TheJackAttack Distinguished Member

    I wouldn't bother with any but the DVI connections. Your two machines have the mouse/keyboard local anyway. You only need the DVI.
  14. audiokid

    audiokid Staff

    Got it! I was thinking that each side of the TruLink box needed two usb ports including the Console (six in all), like a direct to direct. . I understand now. Yup, that one looks great, thanks for finding that.

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