I've never used (or even seen) a KVM switch before, but feel it might be the solution to my problem.
I have two PCs: one is a Windows XP box, the other is a Linux (Ubuntu) box. For reasons outside the context of this question, I have to keep these two computers separate (can't use VMs). Each machine consists of a tower and a monitor.
I would like to have a setup where both monitors are right next to each other, and at any given time I can:
- Be viewing a dual-monitor setup while using the Windows machine; or
- Be viewing a dual-monitor setup while using the Linux machinel or
- Have both machines on, with one monitor viewing the Windows machine, and the other monitor viewing the Linux machine
It would be awful to have to keep swapping cables every time I want to change my monitor setup: can a KVM suit my needs? I love having a dual monitor but never know what machine I'll be needing to use at any given time, and might even be using both at the same time.
Obviously, the mouse/keyboard input would need to switch in keeping with the monitor, however that presents a problem under scenario #3 above where I'm viewing both at the same time... Since I no nothing about KVMs I'll wait to see what the SU community thinks before making any decisions about the mouse & keyboard.
Thanks for any help!