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Windows 7: Two Computers One Monitor

4 Weeks Ago   #1

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
Two Computers One Monitor

Can I use Two Computers With One Monitor as long as only one computer is on at a time? I was wondering if this could be done with each computer using different interfaces, one VGA and the other DisplayPort or DVI?

Thanks, Nasty7

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4 Weeks Ago   #2

win 8 32 bit

As long as only one is on no problem
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4 Weeks Ago   #3

Windows 7 Pro x64 sp1

If the pcs have different connections - eg 1 is VGA other is HDMI - you can usually have both pcs on (and connected to the screen) and switch between them using monitor controls to select input. I had a set-up like that running recently - VGA and DVI.

The wording for the monitor buttons is usually hard to see, so I suggest downloading the monitor manual for reference.

Some monitors detect an input, so if (from cold) you turn on the screen and pc A, pc A will appear on the screen automatically without any button-pressing. Other monitors, however, need telling which input to display.
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3 Weeks Ago   #4

Windows 7 pro 64-bit sp 1

I have 2 different connection types DVI and VGA on my external monitor and I connected it to 2 different computers. If you don't have 2 inputs on your monitor you can use a KVM switch or a monitor switch.
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3 Weeks Ago   #5

Windows 7 Home Premium bit

I have a kvm switch, 4 comps connected via vga. Comps then connected to diff monitors (16-9) via either dvi or hdmi. This one here (!) connected to vga 4x3 monitor only. I prefer 4x3 for online. (its a 21.5" Eizo 4x3 $$ mon.) When I switch comps, that comps screen is on this 4x3 screen also. (edit-squashed 16-9 to 4x3), I just turn it off.
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3 Weeks Ago   #6

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit

Wow, lot's of good info! Apologies guys, many of my emails are going to Spam Folder now for some reason I'm missing many of my forum posts.
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3 Weeks Ago   #7

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit

I'm very happy I'll be able to use a new Dell SFF Optiplex I got real cheap with an Ivy Bridge i7 in it! Sitting right along side of my other i3 Ivy Bridge SFF. Both running Windows 7 Pro!

I thought I read somewhere you would lose some graphics sharpness when using a Switch, do you guys not feel that way about the KVM Switch?

The new pc has DisplayPort, and I'm sure my monitor has that also, so I'll use DisplayPort for the new pc and hope all goes well.
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