One pc has a HD4850 graphics card with 2 dvi ports on it, , the other pc has a 9600GT card also with two dvi ports.
My monitor has only one dvi port, one vga port and one HDMI port.
I have a belking kvm switch cable supposedly for running two pcs off one monitor but all the connections/cables on it are the blue vha ones and no dvi. So far, i havent been able to find a dvi twin cable for the job , ,one that belking does is advertised as dvi, but on inspecting the cable itself, its blue vga ports , ,not white dvi ones.
Now, , one quad core pc is my internet , mail, movies and genral purpose pc, ,the other quad core pc is going to be used only as a DAW ,(digital audio workstation ) for recording music , home recording studio etc.
At the moment, i dont expect that both computers will be used at the same time and only one will be on at any given time. I have a new desktop replacement laptop that i will use when my internet pc is off and my DAW is being used.
I am using a dvi to vga converter on the daw at the moment but this means swapping over cables and lots of hassles at the back of the computers whenever i need to use it.
In the absence of a proper DVI, kvm switcher i am stumped.
As my internet pc is always connected via the dvi port on the monitor , can i also connect the DAW (with the vga/dvi converter) to the blue vga port on the monitor and have both ports connected always, , , but only with one pc on at a time, , will having both ports on the monitor connected all the time, but only have one or the other pc on, cause any conflicts or bugger up the monitor ? ? ?
Just as an after thought , , , i have a dvi to hdmi converter as well, , , , could i use an hdmi cable from the dvi port on the graphics card, directly to the monitors hdmi port ? ? ?
Both computers have their own seperate keyboards and mice , , and both also have their own seperate soundcards and speakers so sound or keyboards etc are not an issue,, , , its soley the monitor that is the issue.
Would appreciate any advice or suggestions.
Many thanks, , , kev