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Windows 7: Is it possible to use extended displays with DVI splitters?

20 Oct 2015   #1

win 7 pro x64
Is it possible to use extended displays with DVI splitters?

The goal is to share a dual monitor setup between two windows machines, the primary one being windows 7 PRO x64. Dual boot is not an option, I need to use two physical tower PCs.

I have purchased a KVM switch that has a single DVI output port - two in for two machines in.
I have two monitors that are both DVI that I wish to use an extended desktop on.
Both machines have a single DVI port. I have attached splitters to these but all I get is a mirror image.

I keep reading that all you can do is mirror with a splitter, but at my old government job I had this same setup working with a DVI splitter (well two, one per machine) and a kvm switch, I just can't remember what brand the splitter was. Then again, it was with Windows Vista... so who knows.

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20 Oct 2015   #2

win 7 64 bit

hi if your graphic cards have 2 dvi outputs could use something like this. StarTech 2 Port Dual DVI USB KVM Switch with Audio (SV231DVIDDU): Electronics
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21 Oct 2015   #3

W10 Pro x64, W7 Pro x64 in VMware

A splitter can only give mirroring.

Some business oriented machines have a port that looks like a DVI, but is actually a specialized port that feeds 2 DVI monitors via a 'splitter'. This 'splitter' can take the 2 signals from the socket and drive 2 screens in extend mode (IIRC some extra software may be needed). Maybe this is what the OP has seen in a work environment.

This is such a card
The business graphics solution to drive all your displays. | NVIDIA UK
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22 Oct 2015   #4

Windows 7 Pro x64 Windows 10 Pro x64

Excellent explanation wasnotwas...... perfectly done, rep given :)
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