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I am planning to get a back up rig running full time as a folder. I still want to use my 2 monitors on my main rig. I see all sorts of switches and devices on newegg, but I don't know what the difference is. What is the easiest, cheapest way to share a monitor?
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You just want a input KVM - that stands for keyboard/video/mouse (I think) you just switch the KVM and your mouse, monitor and keyboard switches control to another machine. Very handy, we use them at work. Let me take a look at what newegg has.
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2 port KVM switch. I picked up one for $14.99. You use Scroll Lock + up + up and it switches the monitor, keyboard, and mouse to the second computer.
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Are you switching one monitor or both?

DVI or VGA?
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Just one. It is vga that I am using a DVI adapter on. My main monitor is DVI. I only want it to check on the back-up once in a while.
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This one has good ratings and all the cables you need: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16817107407

if you have all the cables (remember you need 2 of everything + an extra monitor cable) you can get one without cables for cheaper: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...k=&srchInDesc=
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Might want to check here. I saw one on there for less than $10 shipped last time I browsed their site.
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Will this work with USB? I have a wireless mouse and keyboard that connects using one PS2 and one USB. Is it a simple matter of using an adapter with the USB?
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Even cheaper.... just Remote Desktop to your folding machine. If you just want to check the status, there's a Folding Manager application.
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Even cheaper.... just Remote Desktop to your folding machine. If you just want to check the status, there's a Folding Manager application.


Oh, doh. I never thought of that, lol.
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