Dual display KVM Switch for Mac Mini??

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by SE2Dude, Feb 20, 2010.

  1. SE2Dude macrumors newbie

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    Hi guys

    I'm new to the forum so apologies if this is in the wrong section.

    I'm about to purchase a mac mini but I still need to use my PC, I currently have a dual screen setup on my pc with vga connecters.

    I've seen that the latest version of the mac mini can support dual screens, but I'm struggling to find a KVM switch to run dual screens, I don’t necessarily need the KVM switch to control all aspects i.e. screen keyboard mouse and speakers, its mainly the screens anything else would be a bonus.

    I've spoken to my local apple store and emailed belkin all to no avail, can anyone please point me in the right direction.

    Thanks
     
  2. Mr Bow macrumors newbie

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    Not exactly cheap(and not without some issues either)...but you could start by looking here
     
  3. erico.antonio macrumors newbie

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    Why not run Parallels or another VM instead of 2 machines? I dumped my PC and now running two monitors as well as OS X and Windows. So simple and gain more real estate on your real desk top.
     
  4. greythorne macrumors regular

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    perhaps the OP wants native performance when running windows. As matter of fact I'm thinking of doing the same as the OP.
     
  5. ViViDboarder macrumors 68040

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    It seems cheaper to just use two kvm switches. :/ You could have one hooked up to each monitor.
     
  6. erico.antonio macrumors newbie

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    What programs are you running on the Windows side that you need native? What version of Windows will you be using? I use Parallels 5 pretty much to use Quickbooks since the Mac version isn't as good and won't integrate my previous Windows files. I guess if your gaming that might be a reason to stay native. Other than that I prefer less clutter and have no problem running all my programs.

    On a similar note try Teleport http://www.abyssoft.com/software/teleport/ between 2 or more Macs. I use my keyboard and mouse to control my Mini and my MBP.

    Teleport lets you use a single mouse and keyboard to control several Macs.

    Simply reach an edge of your screen, and your mouse teleports to your nearby Mac, which also becomes controlled by your keyboard. The pasteboard can be synchronized, and you can even drag & drop files between your Macs.

    It works on Leopard and SnowLeopard, with Intel processors, and is available in English, French, German, Italian, Spanish, Danish and Czech.
    Important: If you have an older system or you're running on PPC, you can still get teleport 1.0.1 , which is fully compatible with 1.0.2.

    Really get a lot of miles out of that program.
     
  7. ViViDboarder macrumors 68040

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    The user has two computers and wants to use them both. I totally get that. One is not a Mac so your suggestion isn't going to work out.

    http://synergy2.sourceforge.net/ works on all OS but is a little tricky to set up at times.

    The issue with this is that you need a screen for each computer, which is the opposite of what the OP wants to do.
     
  8. erico.antonio macrumors newbie

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    Agreed...Hence saying "on a similar note" using teleport.
     

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