[kwlug-disc] Switch between monitors

unsolicited unsolicited at swiz.ca
Wed Apr 4 16:43:21 EDT 2012

Given the 'simplicity' of your question ...

How about just a video splitter?

- probably only works if you use the same resolution. And not if one is 
VGA and the other HDMI. Let alone DVI. If so, you're into video 
conversion, and ... ick.

Just lean over and turn off the monitor in front of you when desired - 
I'm assuming you'd have to change inputs on the TV to effect, so same 
thing, in essence, there.

As best I remember, KVM's are such commodities that you may find such 
cheaper than a real video switcher. Get one with a button (not just 
keystroke switching), and forget the K and M parts?

However, warning: 2nd monitors are addictive. If you have the ability 
for a second monitor, now or in the future, you will likely want both 
monitors at the same time. For some amount of time.

Doesn't mean you have to use both monitors all the time. Although it is 
disorienting when your mouse pointer disappears, and you can't for the 
life of you figure out where it went. (If you really want to confuse 
someone with 2 monitors, sneak in and change the order in Xrandr - 
reverse which is left of which.)

On 4/4/2012 4:20 PM, Tudor Holton wrote:
> Do you mean a monitor switch box?
> http://www.cablesnmor.com/monitor-switch-box.html
> (There are HDMI versions, also, of course.)
> Cheers,
> Tudor.
> P.S. On my TODO list is a "network monitor extension" for XRandR. See
> http://brainstorm.ubuntu.com/idea/28417/ I don't know if I'll ever get
> to it, but maybe if I get enough encouragement...

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