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Does anybody have have 2 computer towers under their desk? I have a dual monitor setup, would love to be able to use the same dual monitor setup for both computers in order to save space. Would I need to buy a switch to do this? I am new to them and don't know how that would work.. in order to do this would I have to plug the monitors into the switch with a DVI connector, and then a DVI connector from the switch to both computers? And would any picture quality be lost in this extra component?

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Very doable. You need to do a search for a dual monitor DVI, 2 port KVM switch. Cost should be around $150 -200.
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post #3 of 9
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Would this work? http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=1440125615C
Also, how fast is the switch between monitors? Instantaneous? Or does that depend on the KVM?
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Also, it says "Digital resolution up to 1280 x 1024" and "Graphics resolution: 1600 x 1200"

What's the difference?
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unsure about the rez.. but yeh kvm's are pretty much instant.. bout 2sec
    
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post #6 of 9
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I guess this one would work:
http://ca.startech.com/product/SV231DD2DUA-2-Port-Dual-DVI-USB-KVM-Switch-with-Audio-20-Hub
but I'm just wondering about sharing the speakers. My 5.1 speakers have more than 1 connector. I wonder if hooking up an external USB sound card with more connections would fix that.

SV231DD2DUA.Clarge.jpg
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post #7 of 9
I have mine setup like that, except i dont use a switch. have separate kb+mouse for each (wireless for secondary) and simply use a VGA cable for the second computer on my second monitor, switching the input when i need it
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Originally Posted by revlimiter;13146417 
I guess this one would work:
http://ca.startech.com/product/SV231DD2DUA-2-Port-Dual-DVI-USB-KVM-Switch-with-Audio-20-Hub
but I'm just wondering about sharing the speakers. My 5.1 speakers have more than 1 connector. I wonder if hooking up an external USB sound card with more connections would fix that.

i say leave the speakers connected to just 1 pc. most usb soundcards arent very good and i really dont see the need to switch your sound all the time.....
post #9 of 9
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Originally Posted by Nemesis158;13147105 
i say leave the speakers connected to just 1 pc. most usb soundcards arent very good and i really dont see the need to switch your sound all the time.....

I'd agree. If you attempt to mess around with 5.1 speakers and a KVM, you are only going to get frustrated.

That KVM will work, at your digital 1920x1080 resolution., and it's USB as opposed to the first one you posted that was PS2. But I'd search around for a better price though, or is Canada just that much more expensive?
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