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jheis



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PostPosted: Thu Mar 20, 2008 7:47 pm    Post subject: VGA Switch Box? Reply with quote

Now that I've got a 20" SyncMaster flat panel monitor for my color turbo stations, I've also tried hooking it up to my Linux T42 Thinkpad and I'm really liking the extra real estate (20 is sooo much nicer than 15). So, I've been thinking it would be great to be able to use the same monitor for both systems and be able to switch back and forth. Adding a wireless keyboard to the Thinkpad would be icing on the cake - and get everything over to the computer table and off my desk.

Anyone have experience/recommendations for a VGA switcher?

James
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 20, 2008 9:37 pm    Post subject: Re: VGA Switch Box? Reply with quote

jheis wrote:
Anyone have experience/recommendations for a VGA switcher?


Does the monitor have only one video connector? Two are fairly common these days...
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jheis



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PostPosted: Fri Mar 21, 2008 8:32 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Only one input on the monitor.

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PostPosted: Tue Apr 08, 2008 1:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

To answer my own question Wink ...
I picked up a Belkin OmniCube 4 -Port KVM, (Model F1D094) at my local electronics surplus shop for $15 (it's even black!).
Works just fine, although I'm only using it for video switching (not for keyboard & mouse). Apparently, however, there is also a (rare) Mac adapter that will allow you to use a PS/2 keyboard & scroll mouse with ADB.

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PostPosted: Tue Apr 08, 2008 1:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

jheis wrote:
Apparently, however, there is also a (rare) Mac adapter that will allow you to use a PS/2 keyboard & scroll mouse with ADB.


http://www.belkin.com/support/product/?lid=en&pid=F1D080&scid=219
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 08, 2008 3:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Chef:
Yep, that's the one.
I actually found one for sale for $15 on the Philadelphia Craig'slist,. Emailed the guy & said I'd take it. He emailed me back & said it was still available - I asked him for a total with shipping & never heard from him again.
By the way, I'll get the duff keyboard back to you as soon as I can work up the courage to brave the lines at the P.O.
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