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Vga Switch that supports 1080p?

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January 25, 2010 9:43:28 PM

Hello,

My current situation in my dorm has me sharing my 24inch 1920x1080 lcd between my computer and my xbox 360. I have an older xbox so hdmi is not an option. Currently I have my xbox and pc both hooked up through a vga connection to my monitor forcing me to hard switch (unplug) every time I want to use the other one on the monitor.

I keep trying to find a vga switch that will allow me to swap between them but most that arn't $100+ max out at near 720p or slightly higher. Am I missing something or is my only option to shell out close to $200 for a simple switch? If thats the case I'll just buy another monitor.
January 25, 2010 9:59:26 PM

crosko42 said:
Hello,

My current situation in my dorm has me sharing my 24inch 1920x1080 lcd between my computer and my xbox 360. I have an older xbox so hdmi is not an option. Currently I have my xbox and pc both hooked up through a vga connection to my monitor forcing me to hard switch (unplug) every time I want to use the other one on the monitor.

I keep trying to find a vga switch that will allow me to swap between them but most that arn't $100+ max out at near 720p or slightly higher. Am I missing something or is my only option to shell out close to $200 for a simple switch? If thats the case I'll just buy another monitor.


Maybe you can get a tv capture card and have your xbox output displayed in a window.
January 25, 2010 11:25:42 PM

fafner said:
Maybe you can get a tv capture card and have your xbox output displayed in a window.

No, the OP won't be able to actually play the games, as there will be HORRENDOUS lag between the capture card and the screen, and it definitely won't sync up with the audio.

Why can't you just do a DVI->HDMI cable from the computer? Like $15 for a 10ft cable.
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January 26, 2010 3:38:03 AM

jedimasterben said:
No, the OP won't be able to actually play the games, as there will be HORRENDOUS lag between the capture card and the screen, and it definitely won't sync up with the audio.

Why can't you just do a DVI->HDMI cable from the computer? Like $15 for a 10ft cable.


My laptop only outputs vga. If I am not mistaken the only way to convert to dvi/hdmi is to buy an expensive scaler.
January 26, 2010 11:31:35 AM

Ahh, you never specified that in your OP.

That would seem to be your only option (the expensive converter), as VGA switches, as you said, don't do 1080p.
January 26, 2010 3:30:47 PM

Well it gives me an excuse to buy another monitor. Thanks for the help.
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January 26, 2010 3:45:21 PM

Um. why not an old school VGA switch box, like the one below? They are mechanical and physically just switch between the two ports. They have had these for decades, literally. BTW, vga connections are not rated on the "HD" scale, like 720p 1080p. You get a resolution and a refresh rate. It is an analog connection, not digital. Basically a VGA switchbox is like physically plugging back and forth.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

This is the REAL old school style:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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