Currently Being ModeratedJul 11, 2013 6:16 PM (in response to Kappy)
I guess I should have clarified a little better.
What I want to be able to do is switch the middle monitor back and forth between windows and OS X. I could physically disconnect the monitor every time I switched but I would like to be able to use a KVM switch instead. I am wanting to know if this is possible and how it can be done
Currently Being ModeratedJul 11, 2013 6:28 PM (in response to jedimasterkyle88)
I suppose it would be. Other users have used KVM switches to switch between monitors and keyboards. Perhaps in your case you wire the switch's output port to the monitor, then each of the computer ports to each of the computers.
Currently Being ModeratedJul 11, 2013 7:47 PM (in response to Kappy)
Ok so I have been looking into KVM switches all night and it looks like most, if not all of them are VGA. Would I be able to use VGA on a Mac mini? 2 of my monitors are running DVI and my 3rd monitor is running DVI to mini-HDMI.
Would there be a way I could somehow get my mini-hdmi monitor to be split between windows and OS X since that might be the easiest to flip back and forth?
Currently Being ModeratedJul 11, 2013 9:32 PM (in response to jedimasterkyle88)
Well, you should be able to use VGA with an adaptor. The Mini will likely have a Mini-DisplayPort, so you would need an adaptor for that to VGA which Apple sells. The Mini may have HDMI, but right now the Apple Store is offline so I can't check specs.
I'm surprised there aren't any digital switches you can use, but then I've never tried to use more than one monitor most of the time.
I don't think it's even possible to split one line between two monitors.
Currently Being ModeratedJul 12, 2013 3:46 AM (in response to jedimasterkyle88)
There are also plenty of DVI compatible KVM units on the market, see the following as one example.
Another potential option is that some monitors have more than one input e.g. VGA and DVI or DVI and Displayport. In this case you could tell the monitor to switch inputs, this approach however does not let you share the keyboard and mouse unlike the KVM approach.
Currently Being ModeratedJul 12, 2013 3:50 AM (in response to John Lockwood)
As John said, surely your middle monitor has more than one input? Just connect the Windows PC to one, e.g. VGA, and the Mini to another, e.g.DVI, Use the "Select input" switches on the monitor to switch between them. Won't cost anything!
Currently Being ModeratedJul 12, 2013 6:52 PM (in response to mooblie)
@mooblie and John Lockwood
Thats actually a really good idea! I never thought about just switching the inputs source on the monitor. That would be a **** of a lot easier than a KVM switch. Since all 3 of my monitors are currently using their DVI ports, would I be able to use VGA on the Mac Mini? If so, could someone point out which adapter I would need? I was looking at the Mac Mini features earlier today and I still cannot figure out how the monitor actually connects, whether its the thunderbolt port, HDMI, or the USB ports.
Currently Being ModeratedJul 12, 2013 7:00 PM (in response to jedimasterkyle88)
Yes in theory you could use a Mini Displayport to VGA adapter, you can only connect a single VGA monitor to the Mac mini this way.
However many people find that the Mac mini is less reliable using VGA connections than DVI. If you could get the PC to use the VGA and then put the Mac mini on DVI that might be better. Check to see if the monitor has any other connectors besides DVI and VGA, maybe there is another better choice.
Currently Being ModeratedJul 12, 2013 7:20 PM (in response to John Lockwood)
All 3 of my monitors only have DVI or VGA and my current setup is pretty delicate as far as getting Windows 7 to span across all 3. I'd prefer to have Windows use the DVI and have the Mac use VGA if possible.
Currently Being ModeratedJul 13, 2013 4:22 PM (in response to jedimasterkyle88)
For the middle monitor, Use different input connectors for the PC (VGA) and Mac mini (DVI). The monitor should have a button to switch inputs and with a simple button press, you can switch between two running Windoze and OS X. This is what I do.