Can I use a DVI KVM switch with iMac?

Discussion in 'Macintosh Computers' started by Gary King, Jul 13, 2005.

  1. Gary King macrumors 6502

    Jun 14, 2004
    I have a Mac Mini right now. It came with a VGA -> DVI converter, and since nearly everything seem to be DVI, this was very good for me. Also, my KVM switch is DVI, so using the converter saved my butt.

    But now, I'm thinking of getting an iMac. And the iMac doesn't come with a converter. And since I'd be getting an iMac, I'd most likely sell the converter with the Mac Mini, right? I suppose I *could* buy a converter on eBay or something, but does the iMac come with a converter? Also, I'm sure there are people here who use a KVM switch with iMac + PC? I suppose you have a good experience?

    Please post stuff like what KVM switch you use with an iMac, if you use one, or any advice you have :)

  2. ITASOR macrumors 601


    Mar 20, 2005
    Well, with the iMac, you wouldn't be sharing the same screen.

    If you just want to use the USB sharing part of the KVM, that should work with no monitor plugged into the KVM. As far sharing monitors, you wouldn't be able to display the PC on the iMac screen. I guess you're talking about displaying the iMac's screen on the PC's monitor.

    How would the KVM not work for that? Sounds like it should work.
  3. dejo Moderator


    Staff Member

    Sep 2, 2004
    The Centennial State
    Technically, it's a DVI -> VGA converter. The Mac mini's only video output is a DVI port.
  4. Gary King thread starter macrumors 6502

    Jun 14, 2004
    I want to display PC on the iMac monitor. So, not possible? :(
  5. kgarner macrumors 68000


    Jan 28, 2004
    The port on the back of your iMac is Video OUT not IN, so unfortunately, it's not possible. I have lamented this many times as it would be very cool to use the iMac as a monitor for another system. Oh well, maybe someday someone will hack one together and post instructions.
  6. Spanky Deluxe macrumors 601

    Spanky Deluxe

    Mar 17, 2005
    London, UK
    If you've got real balls you could try opening up the iMac to see how the monitor is connected internally. If it uses a standard dvi type connection then you could run a couple of wires out to a kvm switch box. If it uses a dvi type connection but with a different type of cable end (like a ribbon cable) then you *might* be able to wire up some kind of home brew adaptor.

    This is all only theoretical of course though. In the original G3 imacs the monitor is connected via a standard Apple video connector, hence the possibility that they still use a 'similar' method.

  7. Gary King thread starter macrumors 6502

    Jun 14, 2004

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