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Old 05-06-2008, 05:53 PM   #1
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Question 1 Monitor, but 2 Computer…can it work?

Hello,

I have 2 computers and I need to transfer files from one to another (about 1TB of files) I only have 1 monitor that supports PIP (Dell 24" 2407WFP-HC) Can I make 2 computers work on 1 monitor?

Here are my monitor specs.

http://reviews.cnet.com/lcd-monitors...-32514853.html


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Old 05-06-2008, 06:25 PM   #2
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Default Re: 1 Monitor, but 2 Computer…can it work?

I presume
  • they're on the same network
  • are set up to share files
  • you have Admin rights on both pcs

Why not just use Remote Desktop Connection, that will give you access to both pc's from one monitor.
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Default Re: 1 Monitor, but 2 Computer…can it work?

take out the drive then pop it in the other and wala. doing it over the network could take much longer depending
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just use a crossover cable
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Default Re: 1 Monitor, but 2 Computer…can it work?

Both systems have raid 0 on the so swaping hdd will not work.

Remote Desktop Connection, how do I use it? Its it alredy installed on XP home and Vista Ultimate? Or do I need to download it?
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http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/u...moteintro.mspx
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Not sure about Vista but on the XP machine it is under All Programmes > Accessories.

Which pc has the monitor connected to it??

The above link is mainly focused on the internet, to connect on a LAN you just enable Remote Desktop on both pc's and then connect to one from the other by hitting the connection icon that is located in All Programmes > Accessories and then logging on to the client pc.

I use it all the time on the four pc's on my home network.
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If your monitor has a digital and analog input you could plug 1 comp into the digital and the other into the VGA port. Thats how i use to use the one monitor. Just make sure your monitor has Input Select before doing it.
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If your monitor has a digital and analog input you could plug 1 comp into the digital and the other into the VGA port. Thats how i use to use the one monitor. Just make sure your monitor has Input Select before doing it.
Thats how I do it, works great. Then I just use a simple manual usb switch for the keyboard and mouse.
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If your monitor has a digital and analog input you could plug 1 comp into the digital and the other into the VGA port. Thats how i use to use the one monitor. Just make sure your monitor has Input Select before doing it.
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Thats how I do it, works great. Then I just use a simple manual usb switch for the keyboard and mouse.
I have five different video inputs available: DVI, VGA, Component, Composite and S-Video. It supports Picture In Picture and Picture By Picture

here are my connection ports. what am i supposed to plug in to the end of my "old" pc? My current pc is using DVI connection.

http://i101.photobucket.com/albums/m...6/DSC05896.jpg
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