Alternatively, you can enable Mirror Displays just check the box next to it to have your external display show the exact same thing that appears on your Mac's screen. When video mirroring, your Mac will try to use the same resolution, or closest resolution, that it uses on its built-in display to the external monitor. If you don't want an extended desktop, and don't want to mirror your displays, then you probably just want a bigger screen for your computer.
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This can be done using clamshell mode. In order to do this, your Mac notebook will need to be connected to its power adapter, and you'll need an external keyboard and mouse or trackpad.
If using a wired keyboard and mouse, make sure they're connected, then simply close the lid on your Mac notebook. If you're running OS X Lion or later, your desktop should automatically appear on the monitor after flashing blue for a second. For those of you with Snow Leopard or older, you'll have to press a key or click a mouse button to see the desktop. To exit clamshell mode, put your computer to sleep, then disconnect the external monitor from your Mac's display port.
In your external monitor's settings, depending on the type of monitor you have, you may have other options you can customize, under the Options tab. You don't have all the Mac 'special keys' so that may be an issue. Video should be fairly easy. Mouse shouldn't be too much of a challenge unless you have special buttons on it.
As far as the KVM itself, it's not that complicated. Almost anything with a video port that matches both systems and your monitor, as well as ports for your mouse and keyboard and usb on the other side for the computers. I have my iMac Mini setup with virtual systems configured for Win7, Win8. Simplest method: One computer goes into each input. Get a BT keyboard that can switch between devices there a re number of these-Kanex makes a full size one. Or just get two different wireless keyboards and swap them with the mouse. A KVM is certainly doable, but not necessarily any better.
I use the Kanex and control 4 different machines, all plugged into one monitor and have 4 different colored mice on my desk. VEqualsIxR wrote: Thanks for suggesting it. I was avoiding remote desktop as it's one more thing to go wrong - I see lots of troubleshooting posts on the topic - but maybe I shouldn't be so skeptical. I assume I'd set up the PC with the physical connection, then use the Mac to connect through it?
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Post Posted: Mon Mar 30, I'm glad that works for you, but a virtual platform isn't right for me. That's a fine option, thanks. CBGB wrote: With a good quality cable and not overly-high resolution, VGA is fine, but if you're not satisfying either of those, your picture can start being fuzzy, which you wouldn't have to worry about with a digital signal. You might start encountering issues as low as x I've been using this Belkin KVM for awhile.
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Then just get the right cables to connect- you can stay digital only pretty easily. KVMs are great when you need to bounce around between machines quickly, but for gaming and the like, you are pretty much working on each side pretty exclusively, so the monitor thing is usually good enough. And way back when, there was a Mitsubishi monitor that had dual USB inputs that switched along with the video inputs.
Too bad that never became a thing.
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Sogarth wrote: I've been using x for over 10 years now on high-end crt monitors using just plain vga cable and the analog signal without any issue. Just be sure your monitor is up to the task. Digitally, you can see artifacts and some serious weirdness if you're at high res and the signal gets corrupted.
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Demani wrote: Mitsubishi used to make some seriously beautiful high-end crt monitors. It was always them with their DiamondScan and Sony with the Trinitron that were always competing at the top. Those same monitors can display p even today. Too bad a lot of those 20" monitors ended up in the scrap heap--a dvd player with full bnc connectors would have been beautiful on those. I really wonder if they could have taken an analog 4k signal. I don't think my 20" Eizo can.
I took a chance on a SIIG model, but it failed within a few months of purchase. Ulf wrote: I run x on a cheap Linksys 2 port one. But this is analog vga, so if you need digital this won't work. Can anyone recommend any display port switches operating at x or beyond? I must be missing something, that makes no sense to me, that's in the same ball park as the Amulet All the 'secure' ones block keyboards with USB hubs, this isn't the end of the world, though it would be nice not to have that.
I presume the SIIG one you tried was this one. No EDID locking in by the sounds of things. There's the Aten CS , perhaps Geffen?
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Any other suggestions? Maybe wait for more 1. Hmm, just realised both current devices have hdmi output capability, so just using something like this would work for the windows PC, sadly according to this the mac mini will only do p or x via DVI-D adapter. Macs can use them as an extension to the desktop area, letting you drag an icon or window from one screen to the other. Select System Preferences from the Apple menu and click the Displays icon to set all this up. Flat-screen displays and HDTVs: Flat screens work fine with Macs, including those with a built-in display.
The same goes for flat-panel or high-definition television sets. The only question is whether to connect your Mac to your flat-screen display or HDTV using a digital or analog interface that is, the port available where you connect the cable from your Mac to your display. In either case, make sure that you have the right adapter cables.