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I've been planning a killer build and have a question that was kinda brought up in another thread and thought I would throw it out there for discussion

I currently built a trading computer that is optimal for trading but not necessarly for gaming. I run (6) 27" monitors that each have a DVI and VGA input. is it possible to connect two computers directly to each monitor without destroying the monitor or the vid card or puter for that matter?

I've looked into KVMs but the best I could come up with is a dual monitor kvm and that won't work

Thanks for the help
    
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Could you use a program like... Synergy?

What is basically does is that it would send your keyboard and mouse signal over lan to the second PC, then you could setup 3 monitors for each PC?
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post #3 of 31
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Actually that looks like another program I've used in the past. Problem is... I want the monitors to be used by both puters. that doesn't work

But I just found a 4 monitor KVM that could do the job. (Bad news is that the cost is $1600!!!!) blinksmiley.gif
    
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Couldnt you get 6 kvm switches with buttons? Then maybe you could rewire the buttons to all be activated by a single button.

just throwing out ideas here
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Problem with that is... you would have to find a way to split the keyboard and mouse 6x to get into the 6 kvms. that wouldn't work.
    
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I'm a little confused.... couldn't you just feed computer 1 into the monitors via DVI and then feed computer 2 into all the monitors via VGA? Then switch monitor inputs as needed?
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I'm a little confused.... couldn't you just feed computer 1 into the monitors via DVI and then feed computer 2 into all the monitors via VGA? Then switch monitor inputs as needed?

Although that would be a little bit of a PITA every time I needed to do that, I would be fine with it... But my main concern is... can you hook 2 puters up to a monitor like that without doing any damage to either the monitor, vid cards or systems for that matter? I haven't received a convincing answer yet.
    
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Yes, it's possible. One computer goes to one type of port, the other to the other. Then when you switch computers just change the input on the monitors. For the KB/Mouse you'll have to do that manually or just buy a second set.
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Although that would be a little bit of a PITA every time I needed to do that, I would be fine with it... But my main concern is... can you hook 2 puters up to a monitor like that without doing any damage to either the monitor, vid cards or systems for that matter? I haven't received a convincing answer yet.
Yes, it's possible. No, you won't damage anything.
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Yes, it's possible. One computer goes to one type of port, the other to the other. Then when you switch computers just change the input on the monitors. For the KB/Mouse you'll have to do that manually or just buy a second set.

If what you say is true, then I could simply buy a inexpensive KVM to flip the keyboard and mouse and manually change the inputs on the monitors I'm using. Cool. thumb.gif
    
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