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Jep. That's the situation I'm in atm. I bought a new PC recently but I'd still like to be able to use my old one for games and some other stuff every now and then but I'm about $300+ short of a second monitor. I need a way to use the monitor for both without rewiring every time.
So far the only way I know of is a switch box. But apparently I seem to be the only one in my friggin country in need of such a thing so no store has this in stock. I don't have a credit card so I can't order the stuff online either. I found one store that can order it but it's gonna cost some extra and takes at least a good few months to get here.
So before I order it I was wondering maybe any of you guys knows of any other way to rig two PCs to one monitor?
They sell a switch that will let you use 1 monitor for 2 PC. There are also switches that will let you use 1 keyboard and 1 mouse for both PC. Simply ask your local computer store.
Check the backside of your monitor too, most Flat screens have 2 connection plugs
Well, yes I said all I have to say about the switch possibility and just checked and I only have one plug. It's a really old flat screen so I'm not surprised.
I've got the same problem, so I had a look into switch boxes, but the reviews aren't encouraging at all: even the mostly positive ones complain of ghosting and loss of picture quality.
It's a fuck-about having to unplug and re-plug and I'm worried about mashing the pins in the VGA cables, but if that's the only way to keep my image sharp, then it'll have to do. Just re-arrange your setup so it's easier to see what you're doing round the back.
Crap solution I know
The only way to wire to PCs together with the same monitor is a KVM switch (keyboard-video-mouse).
If you are working at home something like this would suffice. Of course make you have the right plugs to your monitor (this one shows a VGA port.. if your monitor supports that then use it.. else poke around for another one with a DVI or HDMI if you need that instead).
Though if this is going to cost a lot for you just unplug and replug the connections... but watch out and don't bend any pins.
OK, so I gather that either a switch box or gtfo. Thank you.