shared monitor between mac & pc

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  1. andy.barron macrumors 6502

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    Hi all.

    I want to share my Mac peripherals (24" lcd, 19" lcd, keyboard & mouse) with a pc (Acer box). Please do not ask me why, as it pains to answer.

    I have a Belkin 'switch' which is analogue, so when I hook all this up through it, the resolution through the mac is now complete dogpants in comparison.

    I guess I am asking is there a DVI version of the Belkin switch I have (which I can use an adaptor for the pc), or is there a better & simpler way of doing what I am trying to do?

    Thanks in advance for any help & advice.:eek:
     
  2. mackindergarten macrumors 6502

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    Hi,

    if you have a nice network running, you could give Synergy a shot.

    /Rupert
     
  3. TEG macrumors 604

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    There are many DVI KVMs out there. Have you just tried changing the setting on your Mac. Try adjusting the resolution and refresh rate, I've found that most screens will give you an option over VGA, but LCDs will look best with your Mac outputs at 60Hz.

    TEG
     
  4. andy.barron thread starter macrumors 6502

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    yea, played around with it (running at 1680 x 1050 for the 24") but it is noticably poorer than through the DVI.

    I have read in searching the forums that people seem to sometimes 'not notice' the difference between DVI & analogue, but to me its worlds apart (even typing this message, just not as crisp etc).

    Also, it gives a 'flicker' to the display from time to time...

    TEG, do you have any recomendations on some DVI KVMs that support the Apple mouse & keyboard? Thank you very much in advance.
     
  5. TEG macrumors 604

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    Your problem is that you are beyond the capabilities of VGA. It works, but sucks.

    Any DVI with USB will support the Apple Keyboard and Mouse as they aren't any different than other USB Keyboards or Mice.

    This place seems to have a good selection - http://kvm-switches-online.com/usb-kvm-switches.html
    or try Tigerdirect.com.

    TEG
     
  6. andy.barron thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Thanks TEG, you have been a great help, I have found an array of choice, thanks again.

    You say about the USB being the same, but on the analogue I have here the PC does not recognise the extended part of the apple keyboard, should this be the case?
     

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