2 Screens / 2 Laptops - How best to setup

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  1. PS65 macrumors 6502

    Jan 25, 2008
    United Kingdom

    I have a personal rMBP and a work Lenovo T431. I just purchased two LG Cinema displays.

    The idea is that I can dock my T431 and connect it to the two screens. At the same time, I want to be able to use my rMBP on these screens when I am not using the T431.

    Whats the best way to do the following:

    1. The rMBP will use HDMI. How do I connect two screen to the rMBP; and
    2. Have the ability to connect the T431 by DVI to the screens; and
    3. Allow automatic switching (or some sort of each auto switch) between the two machines without having to touch wires?

    I am aware of the method to attach a single machine, but not sure on the best setup for two machines using different interfaces.

    Any help, greatly appreciated.

    Monitor is: LG 23EA63V-P
  2. kant macrumors 6502

    Jul 22, 2004
    Since you're connecting to different inputs the monitor should have a button to switch between sources.
  3. lianlua macrumors 6502

    Jun 13, 2008
    There is only one HDMI output, so if you need the MBP to connect to two monitors, you'll need to use a DisplayPort/DVI/VGA/other adapter. That means you can't have both computers physically connected to both monitors at the same time without a switch, unless you stack adapters: DP->DVI->HDMI or DP->HDMI.

    You can also just buy a KVM or video input switch and use that. Make sure the one you buy supports dual monitor passthrough.

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