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I have a linux machine and a windows machine, but only one monitor.  Lately i just been switching the computers every so often if i get the urge to use linux.  I was wondering if there was a cable or anything you could do to hook both computers to one monitor, and just turn one off and start the other without having to switch the cable all the time.  Has anyone ever heard of doing this.  or if they make a certain splitter for the monitor cable to do this?
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by:bkosterm
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Very common for server rooms to have multiple servers connected to one monitor.

Look for Belkin Components "Omni-cube"  

It will allow multipler PCs to connect to the same monitor.  All PCs can be running, press a button on the unit to switch between PCs.

A 2-port is around $100, 4-port is $120.

You can order on-line at pcconnection.com.

Item #104812 (2-port)
#104813 (4-port)
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by:rayt333
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Here is a cheap manual switchbox
http://www.computergate.com/cgi-bin/prodinfo?sn=1058583764175214&cd=SB1504

It is only $10 and the cables only cost a few dollars each

the site is:
http://www.computergate.com/
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by:pwoolford
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Watch the cheap ones.  If you boot up a PC with the keyboard etc switched to the other one you will get "no keyboard" errors and no mouse.
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by:cymbolic
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There are a ton of options for this, most of them pricey.  Search the net for KVM Switches to see the options.
(KVM = Keyboard, Video, Mouse). Also, check e-bay, they often have auctions on these switching devices.
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rayt333 earned 25 total points
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As I read the question, all he needs is to be able to switch the video, not the keyboard or mouse?? Unless he isn't telling us everything then the cheap switch I mentioned above will work just fine (but you still need a keyboard and mouse hooked to each computer, that is only for the video. I have one and use it when I am working on a couple machines at the same time. I have a KB and mouse hooked to each one, I used to have a multi switch but had too much trouble with it so now I just switch the video and leave everything else hooked up.
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by:patrickhinckle
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Thanks to everyone for the info.  I only need the video.  Each system has a keyboard and mouse.  Thanks again..
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