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June 19, 2013 10:08:36 AM

So I'm having an issue, I have two computers - office one and a gaming one. Now most of the time I am on my gaming one but I have documents on the other one so its nice to switch across to it. I have my gaming one set up on DVI and my office one on VGA and with my HP monitor just by pressing "source" I can switch between computers.
What isn't fun is having to switch the keyboard and mouse over every single time!!! I have read about Synergy where they use two screens but I'm using one screen...can you fool the system into thinking your running on two screens?
If not is there a solution to this problem that doesnt involve me cluttering up my desk?

Thanks in advance!!

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June 19, 2013 10:16:12 AM

you could just use a simple kvm switch for your keyboard and mouse.
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June 19, 2013 10:19:17 AM

James H said:
So I'm having an issue, I have two computers - office one and a gaming one. Now most of the time I am on my gaming one but I have documents on the other one so its nice to switch across to it. I have my gaming one set up on DVI and my office one on VGA and with my HP monitor just by pressing "source" I can switch between computers.
What isn't fun is having to switch the keyboard and mouse over every single time!!! I have read about Synergy where they use two screens but I'm using one screen...can you fool the system into thinking your running on two screens?
If not is there a solution to this problem that doesnt involve me cluttering up my desk?

Thanks in advance!!


As far as I know, the only real solutions to this type of problem are a KVM switch which is specifically for this exact type of setup, or a second mouse/keyboard pair. You can get KVM switches relatively cheaply at a number of locations.
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June 19, 2013 10:24:47 AM

Wow...didnt even know something like that existed :p 

Would I lose quality by running the display through this device?
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June 19, 2013 10:37:33 AM

James H said:
Wow...didnt even know something like that existed :p 

Would I lose quality by running the display through this device?


Since you run a dual monitor setup... I would not recommend buying one that supports it and leave it like you are doing at the moment. Dual monitor kvms are usually expensive.
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