DVI-DL Switchers (Belkin Flip DVI KVM Switch)

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by jeffreyk, Jan 9, 2009.

  1. jeffreyk macrumors regular

    jeffreyk

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    I've been searching the MacRumors forums and the subject of Dual Link DVI switchers hasn't come up recently (as far as I've been able to tell), and seeing I'm within a week or so to buying my new/first Mac Pro I thought I'd post something here to see if I can get some fresh input on the subject.

    Has anyone had experience with the Belkin Flip DVI-KVM Switch?

    I'm currently a PC owner with a custom fluid-cooled computer and when I make the switch to Mac I will retain my custom PC for solely gaming and I'll be using my Mac for pretty much everything other than gaming. I'm not a big gamer but like to play games every so often.

    I really want to keep my new Mac as "Microsoft Free" as possible so I really prefer to not go the Parallels/VMFusion/Boot Camp route (I'd rather spend the extra costs on upgrading and improving my upcoming Mac).

    Thanks in advance for all your help.
     
  2. ox4dboy macrumors newbie

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    Did you have any luck with the Belkin Flip KVM switch?

    I am having no luck getting it to work - following Belkin's set up instructions. Initially I got it working, but my large monitor had a bunch of green horizontal lines running through it - some sort of interference.

    Now it is not working at all - the large monitor says "No input signal" and then goes to sleep when trying to get a G5 to work with a MacBook Pro.

    I noticed the remote switch's light is out - as if the remote is dead?
     
  3. MTI macrumors 65816

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    I pretty much gave up with the Belkin VGA Flip . . . tried using it between a PC and a Mac, but the havoc it caused with the different video resolutions wasn't worth it.
     
  4. TransientMole macrumors newbie

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    I too tried the Belkin Flip on my 30" Dell, it was nothing but problems. I would get green static and horizontal lines - they would progressively get worse the longer you left it on. I came to the conclusion after reading countless forums that lack of HDCP support on the flip was causing these issues.

    Some folks, especially at lower resolutions or single-link DVI said they had success with the flip, but It was just a headache for me.

    I gave in, returned it, and got a IOGEAR GCS1782, which is a 2 port dual-DVI switch, HDCP compatible, and about $70 more than the flip (Which was still more than I wanted to pay, but hey - you get what you pay for). This switch is wonderful. Works great, it doesnt "Disconnect" the USB when you switch like the Flip did, and it also has a USB 2.0 hub that you can switch as well, along with the ability to swicth 7.1 sound. I am very happy with the IOGEAR.

    Systems :

    Macbook Pro 15" 2.66GHz 9400M/9600M GT (2009 unibody)
    Custom PC i7 965EE w/ NVidia 280GTX
    Sidewinder X6 Keyboard / Logitech MX Revolution Mouse
    Dell 30" 2007WFP @ 2560x1600
     
  5. jeffreyk thread starter macrumors regular

    jeffreyk

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    I guess I should have updated the status of my situation when I finally got my Mac Pro up and running. In my OP, I was going to have a dual PC/Mac system for my gaming (PC) and everything else/productivity (Mac) purposes; but when I got my Mac Pro up and running I made the decision to solely go with my Mac OS and forgo any PC connectivity. If I was going to make the leap I wanted to have a clean break from PCs to my...cue the heavenly angelic music...glorious Mac Pro system. I'm so glad I did that as I don't miss die-hard FPS gaming too much at all like I thought I would. I found a new addiction in Peggle but that's for another thread completely. :)
     

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