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Hi guys,
So at my workplace they were throwing out unused items (We even found MS-DOS diskettes ) and so the boss found this KVM switch and told me he had no use for it, so he gave it to me instead of chucking it.

It's a Belkin Flip DVI-D. I have multiple questions.

Firstly, I only got the device itself. We could not find the power adapter (will look again). Reading off the switch, it says it needs a 5v/2.6A power adapter (I live in Europe, no Radio Shack here guys xD) What can I do to power the device without having to scavenge the adapter? It might have even been thrown out for all I know. :S

Secondly, my monitors only have blue (VGA) connectors. Can I use an adapter to connect them to the switch?

Thirdly, I have 2 monitors hooked up to my PC right now in extended mode. Can I plug the KVM switch into the DVI port where the second monitor is plugged in and then plug the other end into another PC?

Thank you guys.
    
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Hi guys,
So at my workplace they were throwing out unused items (We even found MS-DOS diskettes ) and so the boss found this KVM switch and told me he had no use for it, so he gave it to me instead of chucking it.

It's a Belkin Flip DVI-D. I have multiple questions.

Firstly, I only got the device itself. We could not find the power adapter (will look again). Reading off the switch, it says it needs a 5v/2.6A power adapter (I live in Europe, no Radio Shack here guys xD) What can I do to power the device without having to scavenge the adapter? It might have even been thrown out for all I know. :S

Can you post a picture of this? I've used a number of different KVM switches, but have never had one that needed external power. They were all powered off the USB bus.

Secondly, my monitors only have blue (VGA) connectors. Can I use an adapter to connect them to the switch?

Since you're going from a digital to an analog signal, you should be able to use an adapter like this:

http://www.amazon.com/CablesToBuyTM-.../dp/B001CHQ52W


Thirdly, I have 2 monitors hooked up to my PC right now in extended mode. Can I plug the KVM switch into the DVI port where the second monitor is plugged in and then plug the other end into another PC?

I'm not sure exactly how you want to set it up. You want to use one PC with 2 monitors, then be able to switch the second monitor over to another PC? If that's what you want, yes, you can do this.

Thank you guys.
Hope this helps,

Rich
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Ah! Thank you for your very elaborate response, Rich.

Luckily I have that adapter, and luckily my setup will work

The KVM apparently does need external power, picture here:

http://ii.alatest.com/product/600x40...h-Remote-0.jpg

The small circle on the left is a power input, and the manual tells you to connect the power. I have tried plugging it in to USB but it won't light up. Can I hotwire it somehow?

Thanks guys.

EDIT: Here I have an adapter I scavenge, the specs are:+5V, 2A. The KVM says 5v/2.6A. Can I use it anyways?

EDIT 2: I also found another AC-DC adapter that supports: 0, 3v, 4.5, 6, 7.5, 9, and 12v. IT has a jack that fits the KVM very snugly. Can this be used?
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Ah! Thank you for your very elaborate response, Rich.

Luckily I have that adapter, and luckily my setup will work

The KVM apparently does need external power, picture here:

http://ii.alatest.com/product/600x40...h-Remote-0.jpg

The small circle on the left is a power input, and the manual tells you to connect the power. I have tried plugging it in to USB but it won't light up. Can I hotwire it somehow?

Thanks guys.

EDIT: Here I have an adapter I scavenge, the specs are:+5V, 2A. The KVM says 5v/2.6A. Can I use it anyways?
Actually, that little button to the left is how you switch from one system to the other.

We have one of these in each of our 49 locations (actually only about 40 now, because as they fail, I have been replacing them with IOGear USB KVM switches). The only difference is ours have ps/2 and vga connectors.

I will tell you that the little button is pretty much useless. We only have about 4 or 5 locations that still use them. It's easier to use the hot-keys <scroll lock, scroll lock, ^>.

Looking at the picture, I'm trying to figure out what everything is. I see the basics, 2 USB for mouse and keyboard, DVI for monitor. I don't know what the extra connection is on the right side. One must be for speakers and one for the power, but what's the third? I will assume that your version needs ac for the DVI signal. That's not much of a problem with VGA.

Since you are using VGA, do you think it might work without AC? I don't know if you can convert from digital to analog with a passive adapter, but I would try to connect everything and see what happens. You shouldn't have a problem trying the adapter you scavenged if the plug fits. Since it's rated lower, I don't think it would hurt.

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Well, I tried plugging in the 2 usbs and it doesn't light up. The other adapter is a big black box thing that had a little switch to choose voltage. What voltage do I set it to?

I think I'll wait till tomorrow after work to see if I can find the actual power adapter. This KVM thing would be very useful to me and I wouldn't want to break it. (Especially since I got it free ^^)

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Another thing: I found a 5v power to USB adapter... viable?
    
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Free is always good.

If the power adapter you have is one of those universal types, I would set it to 5V and set the amps to 2.6 or the next lower setting if 2.6 is not an option.

Hopefully you can find the proper one. Since that switch is not a super delicate piece of equipment, I don't think a little variance would matter...but then, I'm not an electrician...

Good luck and let me know if it works.

Rich

EDIT: I don't think the 5V USB cord will work.
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Free is always good.

If the power adapter you have is one of those universal types, I would set it to 5V and set the amps to 2.6 or the next lower setting if 2.6 is not an option.

Hopefully you can find the proper one. Since that switch is not a super delicate piece of equipment, I don't think a little variance would matter...but then, I'm not an electrician...

Good luck and let me know if it works.

Rich

EDIT: I don't think the 5V USB cord will work.
Free is epic indeed
I'm going to look at work tomorrow in case I find the original adapter.
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can't find original adapter :S I tried the others but no dice. What do?
    
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Well, two suggestions come to mind...

The first would be to see if you can find a universal power adapter that will fit. You might find one at Radio Shack or other electronics store. (I don't know if I would call "The Shack" an electronics store anymore )

or...

You might test out Belkin's customer service support. Maybe give them a call and say you 've lost the AC adapter, and can you order one, or where can you get one. They might be gracious enough to offer you one.

Either way, it should be worth a little effort. From what I see, the model you have runs well over $100. The little PS/2 and USB ones that we use are only about $25. I guess since yours runs a digital signal it's more expensive.

Hope this helps,

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