What do I need.. DVI splitter? "KVM" switch? :S

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by Andy348, Oct 13, 2009.

  1. Andy348 macrumors 6502

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    I've got a 21" monitor ATM. It's got one DVI port at the back, which I'm currently using to power my Xbox 360 and my MacBook. I get really frustrated whenever I need to switch between the two because I need to go behind the monitor and undo one and plug in the other. I looked up to see if there was some sort of A/B switch that I could just hit a button and it'll go from 360 to MacBook but all the options are actual small boxes at around $100.

    Is there a simpler/cheaper way to do this?
     
  2. nanofrog macrumors G4

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    Yes, you need a DVI KVM switch.

    The simplest and least expensive one I found is this one, but you'll need to check the specifications carefully (particularly the monitor resolution), to make sure it will work for your needs. It uses either a USB connection for power or you use an external power supply (not included).

    Here's another list (all under $100USD, but more expensive than the unit linked above).

    Hope it helps. :)
     
  3. Andy348 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Perfect... but..

    If I have a DVI cable plugged into my monitor and then on the other end of that cable two female DVI ports so I can plug in the MacBook and the 360, will it work? Like if I have my MacBook off and my 360 off and vice versa.
     
  4. nanofrog macrumors G4

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    You'd need the separate PSU to make it work, as you'd have to keep swapping the USB to the active system, and I don't know if the 360 even has a USB port :eek: (I've never looked at one, ever). That's why I mentioned the PSU "not included" part to you. ;)

    They aren't expensive though. But read the user comments available on newegg. It's potentially a good source of information, as this inexpensive a product compared to the others, is bound to have some potential issues.
     
  5. Mycatisbigfoot macrumors regular

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    That should work, Just have a small cable comming from the screen and the end a female dvi (DVD-i) and then have the 2 Male cables (laptop and crack box 360) and just plug and unplug when needed,

    but does that screen take vga? as I know there is a plug to make the xbox have a vga end, HD is not everything, games are just comming down to graphics know adays, I rather the story of a game then the hd or the 1080 whats its
     

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