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I have a windows PC with dual monitors.  I also have a MAC mini, only has thunderbolt ports, it's the newest mac mini and I want to be able to get a kvm switch that I can run both computers at the same time with a push of a button.  My PC has a unique video vard where I think it's dual layer DVI that branches out to 2 individual DVI ports.

My PC's resolution is 1920x1200 and I don't know what my mac mini resolution is, but probably the same.

I will probably need some converters from thunderbolt to DVI and for the MAC mini, I wonder if there's a cable that goes from thunderbolt to 2 DVI (Y) cable?

Any ideas?
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by:lruiz52
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Check the link below, you can get a mini display to vdi, Hdmi, or VGA.

http://store.apple.com/us/mac/mac-accessories/cables
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by:afacts
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yes, thanks, I know about the miniDP to DVI adapter, but what kind of KVM switch would work with this setup?
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by:Thomas Grassi
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thunderbolt to dvi cable

http://www.amazon.com/s?ie=UTF8&page=1&rh=i%3Aaps%2Ck%3Athunderbolt%20to%20dvi%20cable

Also check this
http://www.ebay.com/itm/like/291015765727

If you go mini to VGA then you can use any KVM switch all KVM switch support VGA USB
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by:afacts
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I have to use DVI as that's why my current PC uses.

I know what adapter to use, but what kind of KVM switch will work with this?
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An alternative to using a KVM switch would be to use one computer to remotely control the other. If your PC system supports RDC, you can control it from the Mac using either the Microsoft Remote Desktop for Mac application (available from the App store) or the freeware CoRD Remote Desktop (http://cord.sourceforge.net).

Alternatively, you could control the Mac from the PC by turning on "remote management" in the Sharing Preferences Panel on the Mac (which turns on a VNC server) and use one of several freeware VNC clients for the PC to control the Mac.

See:  https://www.raymond.cc/blog/remote-access-apple-mac-os-x-via-windows/2/

or

http://www.dummies.com/how-to/content/how-to-control-your-mac-remotely.html

This solution requires no hardware or cables, and is completely free.
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by:afacts
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Thanks trgrassijr55, that just looks like a cheap brand.  I think I'm just going to remote into it, as I won't be in every day, I don't want to spend a few hundred dollars on the switch.
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