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    I'm thinking about trying a VGA switch to toggle my monitor's input between my PC and a game console.

    Does anyone know if this will cause windows to be unhappy with me randomly disconnecting the monitor or is that unknown to the OS? I mean, does windows know when a monitor is connected or is it just an output signal like any stereo plug?

    Edit: Actually i'm realizing this is a bit of a silly question, but i'm curious and want to know if I should get a KVM switch, even though I won't be switching the keyboard or mouse.

    I smacked myself and just tried it on another PC. Disconnecting and reconnecting the monitor didn't seem to have any effect at all. I think i'm okay.
    Last edited by Firetiger; 6 Jul 2006, 09:07 PM.
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  • #2
    The monitor can talk to the pc, it can tell it its refresh rates and its when it starts a new scan. It shouldnt upset windows if you switch, but it might (probably not though) cause windows to boot at a different resolution if the monitors not connected. How do you plan on connecting the vga to the console?
    ..it's safer here.

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    • #3
      I have a VGA to S-video switch that I've used for a security camera setup. Windows only talks to the monitor during startup (which I just figured out recently) to find the compatible resolutions, but other than that, it could care less You should have no problems. Make sure you get a KVM that doesn't require a PS/2 or USB signal or power if you are planning on switching only the monitor.
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      • #4
        Originally posted by Baz
        How do you plan on connecting the vga to the console?
        The latest have VGA outputs (xbox 360, Wii, possibly the PS3).

        Originally posted by -KewlAzMe-
        Make sure you get a KVM that doesn't require a PS/2 or USB signal or power if you are planning on switching only the monitor.
        Well I wasn't planning to use a KVM switch, just a regular VGA auto-switcher, probably Extron brand (professional equipment, heard many good things).
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        • #5
          I have a CRT monitor that handles two inputs - a Mitsubishi Diamond Pro 2060u (22").

          No doubt something like that would work admirably
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          • #6
            Sure, that'd work. I don't really feel like spending the dough for a new monitor though. The one i've got is decent.

            That is something I might look into in the future when i'm shopping for a new monitor though. Someday i'll probably try those spiffy flat panels, but right now i'm waiting for new tech to come through (SED and HDCP).
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            • #7
              I'm actualy shopping for a new monitor (been eating a half-meal a day for a month to save up) and I'm considering the PW-201 from Asus. It's pricey, but it'll handle the monitors, direct input from most gaming consoles, as well as composite and S-video in. I might suggest it if you're rich enough. Or don't mind starving yourself for a month to get the cash.
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              • #8
                I gotta say I'm happy to see another open-minded console player here FT
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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Radamanthus
                  I might suggest it if you're rich enough.
                  I wish.

                  I'm extremely tight on cash so i'm trying to take the least expensive route. Getting everything from eBay.

                  Unfortunately i'm somewhat of a perfectionist, so I won't be able to live with any loss in picture quality.

                  Originally posted by -KewlAzMe-
                  I gotta say I'm happy to see another open-minded console player here FT
                  Heh, well it looks like HD is moving in for games and movies, and I figure i've been sitting in front of an HD "TV" for years. No point in spending thousands when this one is perfectly capable.


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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Firetiger
                    Unfortunately i'm somewhat of a perfectionist, so I won't be able to live with any loss in picture quality.


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                    • #11
                      Now i'm wondering if the console(s) will have the same problem I was concerned about in the first post. Mabye it would have been smarter to use a KVM switch.

                      It's so hard to tell which are quality products. At least I know i've got a top-of-the-line device, provided it does what it's supposed to (and it works like it should).

                      I don't want any ringing/ghosting or blurring in the picture. Especially if I want to use a high resolution.
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