Hardware Video Input Switching

Gasparovich, Nicholas Nicholas.Gasparovich at sig.com
Mon Feb 23 08:52:59 CST 2009


Phil & Kerry:

Thanks for the suggestions, I ran them by the team and I think we're going to go with switching the input by pushing the button...

-Nick



-----Original Message-----
From: linux-desktops-bounces at dell.com [mailto:linux-desktops-bounces at dell.com] On Behalf Of Kerry Mayes
Sent: Saturday, February 21, 2009 4:30 AM
To: Linux on Dell desktops and notebooks discussion
Subject: Re: Hardware Video Input Switching

Another alternative would be to have one primary computer and connect
to the others using xdmcp or rdp.  Switch between computers by
switching windows.

2009/2/20 Phil Brothwell <p_brothwell at mcttelecom.com>:
> If your monitor has multiple inputs you should be able to connect each
> monitor input to a different computer.  Then in software you can shut
> off the video signal of the computer you aren't viewing.  How you let
> the computers know that the other one has switched on (or off) may be a
> bit difficult.
>
> How about dumping Synergy and just using a KVM?  Or keeping Synergy and
> using a VGA switch box?
>
>
>
>
> Gasparovich, Nicholas wrote:
>> I'm not sure if this is the right group to contact, but I've often found that the Linux community knows much more about hardware systems than any other group...
>>
>> My team has been deploying multiple computer user setups with an application very much like Synergy (allows the use of multiple computers from one keyboard/mouse)... while this is useful, we've been running short on desk space because of the amount of monitors.
>>
>> One of our systems administrators came up with an idea, and we wanted to see if it's at all feasible... essentially, his idea was to have a system software control of a screens input.  For instance, the workstation in question has an LCD (model 2007FPB)... if we could hook two computers up to that screen, is there a potential for a software hook to trigger the screen to change inputs?
>>
>>
>> Any help would be greatly appreciated!
>>
>> Thanks,
>> -Nick
>> Nick Gasparovich
>> Susquehanna International Group, LLP (SIG)
>>
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