10 Replies Latest reply: Apr 26, 2012 8:50 PM by X423424X
Dgood133 Level 1 Level 1

Help needed, I am rebuilding my workstation and have purchased 2, 27" Cinemas to connect through switch box to 2 mac pros. I currently have it working through a belkin VGA switch and my old monitors but I want to make use of the new higher res monitors.The switch I am looking at is the CS1642 USB 2.0 DVI Dual View KVMP by Aten. I know I will need adaptors but am a bit confused as to which ones. I also believe I will need to get new DVI cables to get full resolution? The two towers are also a question as one is new series 5 with mini display ports and the old one series 1 has upgraded video cards with DVI...

 

Any advice greatly appreciated...

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Solved by Grant Bennet-Alder on Apr 26, 2012 7:45 PM Solved

And if you have the Mini Displayport Displays, there is No CHEAP way to convert from DVI to Mini DisplayPort.

 

DVI connectors are on your proposed switch?

 

EDIT: You will need two of these, at US$200 each:

 

http://www.atlona.com/Atlona-Dual-Link-DVI-to-Mini-DisplayPort-Converter-USB-Pow ered.html

Reply by Dgood133 on Apr 26, 2012 7:41 PM Helpful

Cheap woul dbe nice but reliable and working much more important. the switch I am looking at is the

 

2-Port USB 2.0 DVI Dual View KVMP™ Switch

 

from Aten

http://www.aten.com/products/productItem.php?model_no=CS1642

Reply by X423424X on Apr 26, 2012 7:49 PM Helpful

What connectors are on your proposed switch?

 

Googled his switch and found this page.  It had this picture of the connections in the back:

 

screenshot_1.png

 

So it looks like a bunch of dual link dvi's, usb's, and 3.5 mm audio jacks.

 

But to connect the mini-displayport versions of the 27" display to this would require the Atlona converter.

 

Atlona (Dual Link) DVI to Mini DisplayPort Converter

 

And as you say, NOT CHEAP.

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