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Windows 7: Split screen, one screen 2 computers???


26 Apr 2011   #1

Windows 7 Pro. 64/SP-1
 
 
Split screen, one screen 2 computers???

This is going to sound dumb but bear with me. Two computer with Home Premium 64. One display screen 40 in. Is there a way in Windows 7 to use the same display screen,(20 in. for computer one and 20 in. for computer two at the same time? I don't have the second computer yet or I would be tinkering to see if I could do it.

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26 Apr 2011   #2
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Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center 64 bit
 
 

To the best of my knowledge, not easily, if at all. Even if the monitor has multiple input connectors it can only use or display one (source) at a time. If it only has one input you could use a KVM switch to switch back and forth between the two PC's but you would still only ever be able to connect one PC at a time. If there is a magic black box that will let you do what you want I'm sure some one will post a link to it, but its not something I've seen of heard of.
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26 Apr 2011   #3

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

No, but you could use a KVM switch which would be better :]
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26 Apr 2011   #4

Several, including Windows 7 x64 Ultimate
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Layback Bear View Post
This is going to sound dumb but bear with me. Two computer with Home Premium 64. One display screen 40 in. Is there a way in Windows 7 to use the same display screen,(20 in. for computer one and 20 in. for computer two at the same time? I don't have the second computer yet or I would be tinkering to see if I could do it.
No, there is no way to do it without special hardware which would combine the two video signals into one. I am not aware of any such hardware on the open market specifically for PC's, but there are various multiplexer devices which would theoretically do it.

Something like this;

http://www.colorado-video.com/video_multiplexer.html

http://www.colorado-video.com/screensplitters.html You should watch the demo video here !!!

http://www.google.de/search?q=video+...w=1362&bih=802

Possibly;
http://www.supernature-forum.de/vide...ltiplexer.html

Some general info on multiplexing;

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Multiplexing

Some more or less "standard" split screen possibilities;


http://www.splitview.com/download.htm
SplitView is a great program that splits windows on your screen and allows you to easily manage and display split windows. The program does not necessarily create two separate displays. But does give the user a much easier way to split their windows and move them on screen. Once installed two additional buttons will be added to each window at the top left that can be clicked to split the window.



http://jgpaiva.donationcoders.com/gridmove.html
GridMode is another excellent program and a free alternative that enables users to split their screen into grids. Once split up the user can drag windows into the grids and easily manage windows several different ways. To drag to a grid move the window to one of the edges of the screen.


nVidia Grids
http://www.nvidia.com


Regards....Mike Connor
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26 Apr 2011   #5

openSUSE 13.1 64bit
 
 

Planar: Products: LCD Monitors, Touch Screens and Projectors from Planar Systems - When Image Experience Matters

Try these guys. They sell AV equipment that will do just as you want ie 2 pcs sharing one screen so you can view and work on both at the same time.

A company I contracted for a while back had one of 50" screens in there call center, one side showed incoming calls from a server report and the other side showed a summary screen generated off the floor managers PC.

Cost about 5000, so hope you have deep pockets!!
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26 Apr 2011   #6

Several, including Windows 7 x64 Ultimate
 
 

Seems there are a few dedicated PC screen splitters. This will also do what you want;

Display four video inputs Quad Screen Splitter share monitor



Regards....Mike Connor
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26 Apr 2011   #7

Windows 7 Pro 64
 
 

I suppose it depends on the details of the job, but I just use Remote Desktop to control the second computer. Of course, I am not doing anything that requires much display performance.
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26 Apr 2011   #8

Windows 7 Pro. 64/SP-1
 
 

Thank you all for your input. I have seen those $6000 in use for a local ambulance service. I didn't know they cost so much. Way over my pay grade. I will look into the rest that have been posted. Ordering parts for new computer at the end of the week just wanted a little heads up on such a idea.
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26 Apr 2011   #9

Win7 Enterprise, Win7 x86 (Ult 7600), Win7 x64 Ult 7600, TechNet RTM on AMD x64 (2.8Ghz)
 
 

By any chance does your 40" have PIP (Picture in Picture) that you could view one computer in a small window & then switch back & forth ?
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26 Apr 2011   #10

Windows 7 Pro. 64/SP-1
 
 

Boy oh Boy lots of neat stuff. To continue, is their a way of using the all ready built in duel screen option on one big screen? That would be very nice and cheap.
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