VGA splitter...

Discussion in 'Amateur Video Production' started by Harry Putnam, Dec 9, 2004.

  1. Harry Putnam

    Harry Putnam Guest

    Is there such a thing as a vga splitter? I don't mean a kvm switch
    but a Y for a vga connector. That is, the end of a computer monitor
    that connects to the computer. Can it be split and hooked to two
    computers. Or a kvm switch and a computer?
    Harry Putnam, Dec 9, 2004
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  2. Harry Putnam

    Ken Maltby Guest

    Most use a distribution amp, but there are "splitters" check
    out "ATEN" they have a 250mhz 2 port for ~$50US.

    Ken Maltby, Dec 9, 2004
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  3. Harry Putnam

    FLY135 Guest

    You can't tie two driving sources together unless you make sure that one is
    off when the other is on. What you want for that is a VGA switchbox.
    However if you worded it backwards and want two monitors on a computer then
    yes you can buy a y-cable that does that. I have one that I bought off
    FLY135, Dec 9, 2004
  4. Harry Putnam

    Ken Maltby Guest

    Woops, I just re-read your post. You want to feed two video
    signals to one monitor, at the same time? Not a good idea.

    There are switches available, try ATEN or Google for vga switches.
    Ken Maltby, Dec 9, 2004
  5. Please clarify what you are talking about. It sounds like you want
    to feed two different sources into the same monitor. Unless you
    switch between them (as with a KVM switch) at minimum you will
    end up with mush and maybe even damage one or more of the connected
    units. That is why you can't find any such "Y-cables" they don't work.
    By definition.
    Richard Crowley, Dec 10, 2004
  6. Harry Putnam

    Harry Putnam Guest

    I see, yes, I was looking for a cheapskate way to get around a broken
    kvm for a day or two until a new one arrives.

    I see now that it would introduced (unswitched) input from two sources
    into one monitor. Even if only one at a time were used, but both
    were running.

    I added a new machine into a 4 way kvm that I've been using for a
    couple years with no problems but somehow it messed things up so that
    if I switch from one to another, they both quit working. If I boot up
    on one machine with the kvm set to that machine, I can work with it
    but soon as I switch to another, the switchee doesn't work and going
    back to the first one doesn't either.

    Removing the new comp, and setting up the original way doesn't work
    now either, When I switch, I get a video display but mouse or keyboard
    are not coming thru. Going back to first, again, I get video but
    mouse and keyboard have ceased. So must have fried something.
    Harry Putnam, Dec 10, 2004
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    John Guest

    Check out the RealVNC software (it's free). If you are into KVM's you may
    find it useful. It lets you display the desktop of one or more PC's in your
    network inside a window(s) on your current PC. It "almost" makes KVM
    redundant. I have a PC with no keyboard/mouse/monitor that I can control
    using RealVNC.
    John, Dec 11, 2004
  8. Yes. VNC is great. I use it at work to maintain ~150 classroom
    PCs. It has a few quirks, but the price (0) is right.
    Richard Crowley, Dec 11, 2004
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