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Do you guys think you could use 2 rigs with one Monitor. Since I have 2 DVI inputs could I use one for one rig and the other one for pc#2. This would seem to work if you only turn on one PC at a time, but I'm not sure.

The girl friend would like to have her own rig, but we only have room for one Monitor
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Do you guys think you could use 2 rigs with one Monitor. Since I have 2 DVI inputs could I use one for one rig and the other one for pc#2. This would seem to work if you only turn on one PC at a time, but I'm not sure.

The girl friend would like to have her own rig, but we only have room for one Monitor
You can use what is called a KVM switch. You plug both PC's into it and one monitor into it and you use your keyboard to switch from pc to pc. They're not too expensive and I think you can buy one at any computer shop.
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Do you guys think you could use 2 rigs with one Monitor. Since I have 2 DVI inputs could I use one for one rig and the other one for pc#2. This would seem to work if you only turn on one PC at a time, but I'm not sure.

The girl friend would like to have her own rig, but we only have room for one Monitor
I don't see why not. IF your monitor has channel select, or input switches via a up/down function, you'll be good as gold.
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yep you need a kvm switch.....
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My buddy does that with his monitor, and it works great. You will have no problems.
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post #6 of 11
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You can use that is called a KVM switch. You plug both PC's into it and one monitor into it and you use your keyboard to switch from pc to pc. They're not too expensive and I think you can buy one at any computer shop.
I don't think he needs a KVM switch. He said he has two inputs for his monitor/viewing device of preference. If he's already got the keyboard and mouse for two different units, all that needs any maintenance is the monitor. If they've both got a DVI out on them, and it's put into the monitor from each system, hypothetically, it should work.
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post #7 of 11
is one a DVI and the other a VGA? or what.. if they're both DVI might just be able to switch sources from one pc to the other..
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is one a DVI and the other a VGA? or what.. if they're both DVI might just be able to switch sources from one pc to the other..
Only one way to know! Test it out, if it doesn't work at least you know you can do it with a KVM switch.
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post #9 of 11
Monitors with 2 DVI are made to run on 2 different computers. Otherwise there is no point in the added cost of having 2 of the same type of interface.
    
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post #10 of 11
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Monitors with 2 DVI are made to run on 2 different computers. Otherwise there is no point in the added cost of having 2 of the same type of interface.
Thats what i was thinking.

Why have 2 inputs if you cant use em both?
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