KVM Switch without the V

andrewheard

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I have an LCD with VGA and DVI. I currently hook my mac up with the DVI but I'd like to hook an old PC into the VGA. I'd like to be able to use my current keyboard with the 2 computers and switch the video with my monitor. I guess I need a Keyboard/Mouse switch. If anyone has any ideas, that would be great.
 

macrlz9

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andrewheard said:
I have an LCD with VGA and DVI. I currently hook my mac up with the DVI but I'd like to hook an old PC into the VGA. I'd like to be able to use my current keyboard with the 2 computers and switch the video with my monitor. I guess I need a Keyboard/Mouse switch. If anyone has any ideas, that would be great.
sounds like you just described a kvm switch? one display keyboard and mouse and you want to switch between ur pc and mac right?
 

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macrlz9 said:
sounds like you just described a kvm switch? one display keyboard and mouse and you want to switch between ur pc and mac right?
they never learn....

i would just get a kvm switch and not use the vga channels
 

andrewheard

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Thanks for the replies. The USB switch or Synergy should work. Is it possible to set up synergy to switch to the other PC when you do a certain keystroke. Is there a lot of latency with the mouse movement?
 

andrewheard

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angelneo said:
If you got a network between your mac and pc, you don't even need to spend a single cent, just use synergy. It's open source.

http://synergy2.sourceforge.net/
I just tried this out and while its meant for 2 monitors, it still works great. I found this GUI installer for the mac and that made it all easy to setup. All I have to do is move the mouse to the right of the screen and it switches to the PC. Then I just switch inputs on my monitor and boom, I'm on the PC. As long as the PC isn't turned on it wont try and switch computers when I move the mouse to the right so its not a problem that way.

Thanks for the idea,

Andrew