VGA screen switcher

irishgrizzly

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Hi, could anyone point me to a cheap way to switch quickly between my xbox and Mac using the same screen. In my local shop it's €60+. I'm thinking there must be somewhere cheaper. Here's a diagram to illustrate better what I need...

 

Sesshi

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Cheap switchers invariably degrade the signal. I'd suggest investigating whether it's possible to plug both into the screen using one of the alternative inputs. If you're trying to plug in both I'm presuming it's a TV with a VGA-in option. Could you for example use Component on the 360 -> TV connection?
 
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irishgrizzly

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Cheap switchers invariably degrade the signal. I'd suggest investigating whether it's possible to plug both into the screen using one of the alternative inputs. If you're trying to plug in both I'm presuming it's a TV with a VGA-in option. Could you for example use Component on the 360 -> TV connection?
It's a 19" Dell widescreen (1 year old). It has loads connectivity options, but not component :(
 
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irishgrizzly

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I've got a iBook, but am getting (fingers crossed) an updated Mac Pro soon. The Pro is what I'll mostly be using this way.

I'm in work now and don't have the Dell details to hand, but it has DVI, VGA and another connection that I can't recall.
 
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Sesshi

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If you'll be using a Pro, you've got no issues - you can plug the Pro into the DVI port and the 360 into the VGA port, and use the monitor input switching.
 
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irishgrizzly

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If you'll be using a Pro, you've got no issues - you can plug the Pro into the DVI port and the 360 into the VGA port, and use the monitor input switching.

Good stuff, thanks.

Is there a quality difference between VGA & DVI. I don't know much about the difference, thought DVI was slightly better?
 
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TEG

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I would suggest a DVI KVM w/USB. While you don't really need the keyboard and mouse support (unless you want to use your keyboard and mouse on the 360) it can always be nice to have.

TEG
 
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Kodounas

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hey dudes I have the same problem..I have a vga flat screen monitor with only one port which I am using for my pc.I want t buy a mac mini but I don't wanna throw away my pc.I want to use both with the same screen mouse keyboard and speakers.PLZ tell me how can i do this.:apple:
 
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neil1980

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hey dudes I have the same problem..I have a vga flat screen monitor with only one port which I am using for my pc.I want t buy a mac mini but I don't wanna throw away my pc.I want to use both with the same screen mouse keyboard and speakers.PLZ tell me how can i do this.:apple:
Simple... buy a KVM.

That way you get to use 1 monitor, 1 set of speakers, and 1 keyboard and mouse with two devices.

you get a keystroke combination such as scroll lock and up twice and the screen will switch to either the mac or the pc... whichever the screen shows is what the keyboard and mouse will be controlling.
 
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