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KVM switch w/split-window or picture in picture... does this beast exist?

Discussion in 'PC Hardware' started by Snake Charmer, Feb 14, 2005.

  1. I'm planning on replacing my older KVM switch with a newer one that
    lets you switch computers using the keyboard.

    What I'm wondering is, does anyone make a KVM or video switch that can
    show the video output from the non-switched computer in a window? So
    far I've had no luck googling anything.

    I frequently need to monitor tasks on the second computer so being
    able to check it in a window would be less of a pain than switching
    every couple of minutes or so.

    If no such device exists, would it be possible to write a program that
    could grab the signal from the non-switched video cable and feed it to
    a window? Much in the same way that you can watch TV in a small window
    while you work.

    I find it hard to believe Belkin or Rose hasn't built this capability
    into one of their products.
    Snake Charmer, Feb 14, 2005
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    Don Taylor Guest

    This idea is so sleazy I'm almost ashamed of myself.

    How about one of the cheap svga->television converters and then a
    tv tuner card to suck that in and display the picture in a window?

    The resulting quality would probably be horrible but if all you
    need is a little window to peek at then both these parts are
    commonly available.
    Don Taylor, Feb 14, 2005
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    Bob Eager Guest

    How about doing it a different way and using VNC?
    Bob Eager, Feb 14, 2005
  4. Thanks for the idea. That definitely works. Only problem is, the
    version of RealVNC I'm using (v4) doesn't seem to support scaling. My
    hope was that the window would be about 1/8 screen. I can resize the
    window but then I have to scroll. The online documentation shows a
    scaling switch but it doesn't work. Must be for an older version. Got
    any suggestions for any other VNC programs I can try?
    Snake Charmer, Feb 15, 2005
  5. On Mon, 14 Feb 2005 18:53:16 -0800, Snake Charmer

    Ahh! I found an older version. Works perfectly. I found that setting
    scale to 2/5 is just about right. At least on a 21" screen @ 1280 x
    1024. This also has the benefit of letting me watch the other computer
    when it's running Linux and over the internet. Wahoo!

    For anyone that wants to try, here are some links...

    (Windows) V3.3.7 <http://www.realvnc.com/3.3.7-download.html>
    (Windows) V4.0 <http://www.realvnc.com/download.html>
    (Other platforms) <http://www.realvnc.com/resources.html>
    Dox <http://www.uk.research.att.com/archive/vnc/docs.html>
    Snake Charmer, Feb 15, 2005
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