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Juan Pena Dec 11, 2013, 10:42am EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Hello all:

I wonder, does anybody know if there is a way to have on the same monitor and at the same time the image from two different computers?

From time to time I fix computers and I would like to have sort of a picture-in-picture. That way while I continue working on my own computer I can keep an eye on the second computer I am fixing.

I know and own a kvm for up to four computers; it is very convenient but it would be even better if I could have both images at the same time.

So, is taht possible, is there anything for taht purpose?

thanks to all in advance,


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Dr. Peaceful Dec 11, 2013, 01:12pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Edited: Dec 11, 2013, 01:18pm EST

 
>> Re: 2 images from 2 computers at the same time?
Couple of ways to do that.

1. You can use remote desktop, which is sort of PIP when you display the other PC as a smaller window. Drawback for that is you need to establish some networking to be able to remote into the PC. Especially difficult when the PC you're fixing has problem with networking. Also likely you can't access to BIOS, boot disk, and any other low level PC configurations outside of the OS, from remote desktop.

2. Get a PC monitor / LCD TV that supports PIP. It's kind of a rare feature for a pure PC monitor, but it's more available as a TV feature. Not sure if you can work on both displays though, may be the smaller display is for viewing only. Here's an example hardware: http://www.samsung.com/us/computer/monitors/LS22PTNSF/ZA

3. Get a KVM switch that support PIP. Rack mount PIP KVM switch that can split a screen into 4 quadrants or more to display multiple servers, has existed for while. However, these things costs a fortune at a thousand to couple thousand dollars a pop! Good thing recent days, there are some similar consumer products. Example:
http://www.neweggbusiness.com/product/product.aspx?item=9b-17-707-258


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