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I got a Mac Mini(DVI) and a laptop(VGA) sharing same LCD monitor. When using Mac, I need to unplug VGA on the monitor and plug DVI back, vise versa. It's inconvenient to plug/unplug the cable on the back of monitor. Is there any way to make this process easier like some kind of switch?

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What type of monitor do you have?

One of the main reasons I bought my Dell display is that it has both DVI and VGA inputs. I just plug each computer into one of the inputs, and the button on the front of the display switches between the two (it's also got S-Video, composite, and component, although I've never needed those).

Any chance yours has any additional inputs besides DVI?

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Thanks for all answers. Dori's solution is exactly what I want. I didn't realize that the monitor can switch b/t 2 sources. – Stan Aug 12 '10 at 6:22

A KVM switch perhaps? You can use a VGA to DVI adapter with this switch and it will work fine. I have 2 of these (the 4 port versions actually) and they work great.


Here is an even better KVM solution for your purpose since you are using laptops. This KVM switch has a push button for machine selection so you wouldn't need to plug any keyboard into it at all.

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I was about to say overkill but that is a pretty small KVM switch. And for only $17... – TheLQ Aug 11 '10 at 1:46
The product page gives the impression it doesn't work with Macs -- particularly as it requires PS/2 mice and keyboards. – Dori Aug 11 '10 at 3:44
with a ps2 to usb adapter it should work fine, but you would need an extra keyboard. i use mine with an adapter like that because i have a usb keyboard and mouse, and it works great. as for the mac part i cannot comment, but i know it works with windows and Linux. – ubiquibacon Aug 11 '10 at 11:19

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