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Shortcircuit
05-07-2006, 09:39 AM
After the disaster trying to install Suse and dual boot with XP on one comp I'm looking for an adaptor/switch where I can use 1 DVI LCD monitor with 2 comps (so I can load Linux on my old comp).

I don't know if they even exist, but have seen one on DSE site for VGA monitor.

Any suggestions?

gum digger
05-07-2006, 10:35 AM
you can get a adaptor for dvi -> VGA. i got one with my video card.

pctek
05-07-2006, 10:37 AM
http://www.ascent.co.nz/ProductSpecification.aspx?ItemID=346985

They're known as KVM switches, although most are VGA not DVI. But just search for DVI ones...

Shortcircuit
05-07-2006, 10:43 AM
Thanks PCtek, just what I was after (I actually thought they wouldn't do DVI ones!)

Jen
05-07-2006, 06:40 PM
Can you get a VGA to DVI converter though? I'm picking your old computer doesn't have a DVI capable graphic card and that KVM only uses DVI.

Shortcircuit
05-07-2006, 07:06 PM
Yes Jen, my old comp has a graphics card with DVI out... when I say old I mean about 2 years old for most of it ;)

Um I think it's:
Old Shuttle m/board
AMD 1660+
512 ram
Geforce 5200
very old fujitsu 40gig HD

Seems to go alright now I've put it back together :)

I thought it could be a good way around the dual boot problem and I could play around with some sort of Linux without doing too much damage!