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Windows 7: two computers, two monitors

09 Mar 2013   #1
meebers

Windows 7 Professional X64 Service Pack 1
 
 
two computers, two monitors

Without trying this and damaging something, is it possible to use both computers with dual monitors. I don't mean at the same time of course, but lets say computer A, DVI connections to Monitor A (DVI) and the VGA of Computer A to Monitor B (VGA). Computer B is completely off. Then being able to turn Computer A off, Computer B now on and have Computer B DVI connection to Monitor B (DVI) and Computer B (VGA) to monitor A (VGA). Having to use VGA is a limitation of the monitors, not the graphics card. Adapters to convert are < $5.


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09 Mar 2013   #2
DocBrown

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

You might look into some different types of A/B switch boxes for video inputs

2 Port StarView DVI/VGA USB KVM Switch


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10 Mar 2013   #3
Mark Phelps

Win7 Pro 32-bit, Win8 Pro 32-bit
 
 

That will probably work -- but it would work best if the monitors are able to auto-switch to whichever cable is carrying a signal. If you have to switch each monitor manually between the input jacks every time you switch PCs, that will work but it will be a pain to do.
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10 Mar 2013   #4
meebers

Windows 7 Professional X64 Service Pack 1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Mark Phelps View Post
That will probably work -- but it would work best if the monitors are able to auto-switch to whichever cable is carrying a signal. If you have to switch each monitor manually between the input jacks every time you switch PCs, that will work but it will be a pain to do.
Maybe a little more explanation, the cables will always remain connected from both computers to both monitors. My thought would be the monitors will respond to the computer that is on. Remember only one computer on at a time. As far as a KV switch etc, they are $200-300. hard to justify that expense.
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11 Mar 2013   #5
AddRAM

Windows 7 Professional x64 Service Pack 1
 
 

It will work fine.
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12 Mar 2013   #6
Mark Phelps

Win7 Pro 32-bit, Win8 Pro 32-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by meebers View Post
Maybe a little more explanation, the cables will always remain connected from both computers to both monitors. My thought would be the monitors will respond to the computer that is on.
Only way to find out is to try it.
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12 Mar 2013   #7
linnemeyerhere

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Ultimate 64
 
 

Worst case like my set up is I have to change the input manually on each monitor ...takes like 2 seconds !
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