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Anonymous
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June 17, 2005 5:26:00 AM

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I currently have a Sony 520GS 21" CRT monitor that I bought back in
1998. It's starting to give me trouble and I'm in the market for a new
digital monitor. The Sony I have now has two inputs -- one HD15 and one
BNC. I use it with 2 PCs and when I want to switch PCs, I simply press
a button on the monitor to switch. I'd like to get a new monitor with
the same capability.

From what I've seen, many new monitors have both analog and digital
inputs. I'm having trouble ascertaining, however, if my current setup
can apply as far as using 2 PCs at the same time goes. The
documentation simply says that the monitors have both analog and digital
inputs, but don't say anything about connecting 2 PCs and switching back
and forth between the two. The salesguy at Best Buy said it can't be
done. The salesguy at Circuit City thinks it might be possible
according to some backroom guru, but it has to be done with some
mysterious software, not hardware. Neither of them would hook up a
monitor to that kind of setup. A software solution doesn't really make
any sense to me -- it seems to me that the graphics card on each PC is
what is controlled by it's individual s/w, not the monitor -- the
monitor should just follow the directions of whichever input it's using
for the moment. If a monitor has a physical button to press to switch
between analog and dvi inputs (which the display models I tried DID
have), shouldn't it simply look to that source for input and ignore the
other one for the moment, the same way my current monitor does with HD15
and BNC? I haven't checked any other places yet, but I thought I'd ask
REAL people who actually muck around with this kind of thing about it
before I waste time looking any further. Someone here must have a
similar setup or at least know the answer.

BTW, the guy at Circuit City said they don't even HAVE any digital
cables to hook up to any of their digital monitors and that all the
display models were hooked up to analog sources. I suggested using one
of the display models of the many PCs, but he said that since monitors
are all sold separately now, all of THOSE were only hooked up to analog
inputs, too. I asked how the store expected to sell equipment if people
couldn't see what the capabilities were (just vis a vis digital hookups,
never mind actually trying the dual input scenario). He got a slightly
huffy, saying no one had EVER asked him that question until now and
proceeded to quote his 60K movement of inventory last year. I thought
it was a perfectly reasonable and logical request and observation, but I
let it go and decided to ask for information here instead :-)

So ... any advice on how to accomplish my dual input scenario? Thank
you!

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Anonymous
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June 17, 2005 2:28:30 PM

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<Ob La Di>; "Ob La Da" <no@no.no> wrote in message news:MPG.1d1c28f455b2ded1989759@news.newsguy.com...
> I currently have a Sony 520GS 21" CRT monitor that I bought back in
> 1998. It's starting to give me trouble and I'm in the market for a new
> digital monitor. The Sony I have now has two inputs -- one HD15 and one
> BNC. I use it with 2 PCs and when I want to switch PCs, I simply press
> a button on the monitor to switch. I'd like to get a new monitor with
> the same capability.

As long as the monitor you choose has the option to select between the inputs, you should be fine.
The only problem I can see, would be if it auto-senses and switches accordingly.
Anonymous
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June 17, 2005 2:49:12 PM

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Ob La Di, Ob La Da wrote:

> I currently have a Sony 520GS 21" CRT monitor that I bought back in
> 1998. It's starting to give me trouble and I'm in the market for a new
> digital monitor. The Sony I have now has two inputs -- one HD15 and one
> BNC. I use it with 2 PCs and when I want to switch PCs, I simply press
> a button on the monitor to switch. I'd like to get a new monitor with
> the same capability.
>
> From what I've seen, many new monitors have both analog and digital
> inputs. I'm having trouble ascertaining, however, if my current setup
> can apply as far as using 2 PCs at the same time goes.

In general, yes, in particular check the docs and go through the menus.

> The
> documentation simply says that the monitors have both analog and digital
> inputs, but don't say anything about connecting 2 PCs and switching back
> and forth between the two.

Nearly all monitors with dual inputs provide some way to switch between
them. Sometimes this is a front panel control, sometimes it is buried deep
in a stack of menus.

> The salesguy at Best Buy said it can't be
> done.

Do you have a cat? If so, you would do better to ask the cat for advice
than a salesman at Best Buy.

> The salesguy at Circuit City thinks it might be possible
> according to some backroom guru, but it has to be done with some
> mysterious software, not hardware.

The "backroom guru" probably knows less not only than that hypothetical cat
but than one of that cat's fleas.

> Neither of them would hook up a
> monitor to that kind of setup.

Their loss--find a local system integrator (aka "Joe's Bar, Grill, and
Computer Store" or the like> and ask them about it. They'll probably be
able to show you such a thing right quick.

> A software solution doesn't really make
> any sense to me -- it seems to me that the graphics card on each PC is
> what is controlled by it's individual s/w, not the monitor -- the
> monitor should just follow the directions of whichever input it's using
> for the moment. If a monitor has a physical button to press to switch
> between analog and dvi inputs (which the display models I tried DID
> have), shouldn't it simply look to that source for input and ignore the
> other one for the moment, the same way my current monitor does with HD15
> and BNC? I haven't checked any other places yet, but I thought I'd ask
> REAL people who actually muck around with this kind of thing about it
> before I waste time looking any further. Someone here must have a
> similar setup or at least know the answer.

Some monitors have an "auto" setting, others only connect to the input to
which they were specifically set using the front panel controls.

> BTW, the guy at Circuit City said they don't even HAVE any digital
> cables to hook up to any of their digital monitors and that all the
> display models were hooked up to analog sources. I suggested using one
> of the display models of the many PCs, but he said that since monitors
> are all sold separately now, all of THOSE were only hooked up to analog
> inputs, too. I asked how the store expected to sell equipment if people
> couldn't see what the capabilities were (just vis a vis digital hookups,
> never mind actually trying the dual input scenario). He got a slightly
> huffy, saying no one had EVER asked him that question until now and
> proceeded to quote his 60K movement of inventory last year.

Your proper response to that would have been to roll on the floor laughing.
60K is not much inventory to move--if one tried to live on the profit on
that then one would be sleeping on a park bench.

> I thought
> it was a perfectly reasonable and logical request and observation, but I
> let it go and decided to ask for information here instead :-)
>
> So ... any advice on how to accomplish my dual input scenario? Thank
> you!

While most dual-input monitors will do exactly what you want, even if they
wouldn't you can get a KVM switch that switches not only the video but also
the keyboard and mouse and does it from the keyboard.

--
--John
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(was jclarke at eye bee em dot net)
Anonymous
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June 18, 2005 12:00:41 AM

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After a little snooping on the Sony website I found the following exerpt:

The PremierProT 23" Wide Screen Flat Panel LCD delivers unmatched
picture quality to the professional. Its innovative and stylish design
combine with high resolution brightness and color to provide superior
display performance. The widescreen display allows you to easily view
multi-page layouts or additional toolbars, while the digital and analog
inputs support multiple computers.

. 23" Wide Screen Flat Panel LCD - The high contrast and brightness
LCD panel is perfect for applications that require maximum screen real
estate and superior performance.
. Slim Bezel, Stylish Design - The innovative slim bezel and stylish
design of the P234/B houses an integrated power supply and cable management
system that maximizes space and keeps work areas free from clutter.
. Digital & Analog Input - The digital connection maximizes video
performance, while the dual inputs support simultaneous connections to
multiple computers.
. Color Performance Control - Enjoy an expert level of gain and bias
control to maximize color clarity and achieve accurate color reproduction.
. Audio Switching - Audio inputs/outputs switch with video to allow
convenient control of multimedia systems.
. Energy Saving Eco Mode - Lower power consumption provides increased
savings throughout the life of the product


Check the specs for the other LCD monitors having dual inputs. Also,
ViewSonic has several models with the features you want.

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<Ob La Di>; "Ob La Da" <no@no.no> wrote in message
news:MPG.1d1c28f455b2ded1989759@news.newsguy.com...
>I currently have a Sony 520GS 21" CRT monitor that I bought back in
> 1998. It's starting to give me trouble and I'm in the market for a new
> digital monitor. The Sony I have now has two inputs -- one HD15 and one
> BNC. I use it with 2 PCs and when I want to switch PCs, I simply press
> a button on the monitor to switch. I'd like to get a new monitor with
> the same capability.
>
> From what I've seen, many new monitors have both analog and digital
> inputs. I'm having trouble ascertaining, however, if my current setup
> can apply as far as using 2 PCs at the same time goes. The
> documentation simply says that the monitors have both analog and digital
> inputs, but don't say anything about connecting 2 PCs and switching back
> and forth between the two. The salesguy at Best Buy said it can't be
> done. The salesguy at Circuit City thinks it might be possible
> according to some backroom guru, but it has to be done with some
> mysterious software, not hardware. Neither of them would hook up a
> monitor to that kind of setup. A software solution doesn't really make
> any sense to me -- it seems to me that the graphics card on each PC is
> what is controlled by it's individual s/w, not the monitor -- the
> monitor should just follow the directions of whichever input it's using
> for the moment. If a monitor has a physical button to press to switch
> between analog and dvi inputs (which the display models I tried DID
> have), shouldn't it simply look to that source for input and ignore the
> other one for the moment, the same way my current monitor does with HD15
> and BNC? I haven't checked any other places yet, but I thought I'd ask
> REAL people who actually muck around with this kind of thing about it
> before I waste time looking any further. Someone here must have a
> similar setup or at least know the answer.
>
> BTW, the guy at Circuit City said they don't even HAVE any digital
> cables to hook up to any of their digital monitors and that all the
> display models were hooked up to analog sources. I suggested using one
> of the display models of the many PCs, but he said that since monitors
> are all sold separately now, all of THOSE were only hooked up to analog
> inputs, too. I asked how the store expected to sell equipment if people
> couldn't see what the capabilities were (just vis a vis digital hookups,
> never mind actually trying the dual input scenario). He got a slightly
> huffy, saying no one had EVER asked him that question until now and
> proceeded to quote his 60K movement of inventory last year. I thought
> it was a perfectly reasonable and logical request and observation, but I
> let it go and decided to ask for information here instead :-)
>
> So ... any advice on how to accomplish my dual input scenario? Thank
> you!
>


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Anonymous
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June 18, 2005 1:29:24 PM

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I currently use Two Dell 2001FP lcd monitors (20") with two computers. each
computer is connected to one 15Pin and one DVI output.
The Dell has 4 inputs: analog(15pin), Digital(DVI), S-VHS, and composite.
Plus a 4 port USB hub They are Purrrfect.
they do just what you want, and are on sale for $464 each (I think)

have fun.
<Ob La Di>; "Ob La Da" <no@no.no> wrote in message
news:MPG.1d1c28f455b2ded1989759@news.newsguy.com...
> I currently have a Sony 520GS 21" CRT monitor that I bought back in
> 1998. It's starting to give me trouble and I'm in the market for a new
> digital monitor. The Sony I have now has two inputs -- one HD15 and one
> BNC. I use it with 2 PCs and when I want to switch PCs, I simply press
> a button on the monitor to switch. I'd like to get a new monitor with
> the same capability.
>
> From what I've seen, many new monitors have both analog and digital
> inputs. I'm having trouble ascertaining, however, if my current setup
> can apply as far as using 2 PCs at the same time goes. The
> documentation simply says that the monitors have both analog and digital
> inputs, but don't say anything about connecting 2 PCs and switching back
> and forth between the two. The salesguy at Best Buy said it can't be
> done. The salesguy at Circuit City thinks it might be possible
> according to some backroom guru, but it has to be done with some
> mysterious software, not hardware. Neither of them would hook up a
> monitor to that kind of setup. A software solution doesn't really make
> any sense to me -- it seems to me that the graphics card on each PC is
> what is controlled by it's individual s/w, not the monitor -- the
> monitor should just follow the directions of whichever input it's using
> for the moment. If a monitor has a physical button to press to switch
> between analog and dvi inputs (which the display models I tried DID
> have), shouldn't it simply look to that source for input and ignore the
> other one for the moment, the same way my current monitor does with HD15
> and BNC? I haven't checked any other places yet, but I thought I'd ask
> REAL people who actually muck around with this kind of thing about it
> before I waste time looking any further. Someone here must have a
> similar setup or at least know the answer.
>
> BTW, the guy at Circuit City said they don't even HAVE any digital
> cables to hook up to any of their digital monitors and that all the
> display models were hooked up to analog sources. I suggested using one
> of the display models of the many PCs, but he said that since monitors
> are all sold separately now, all of THOSE were only hooked up to analog
> inputs, too. I asked how the store expected to sell equipment if people
> couldn't see what the capabilities were (just vis a vis digital hookups,
> never mind actually trying the dual input scenario). He got a slightly
> huffy, saying no one had EVER asked him that question until now and
> proceeded to quote his 60K movement of inventory last year. I thought
> it was a perfectly reasonable and logical request and observation, but I
> let it go and decided to ask for information here instead :-)
>
> So ... any advice on how to accomplish my dual input scenario? Thank
> you!
>
!