[GRLUG] what's the opposite of a KVM?

Michael Mol mikemol at gmail.com
Mon Feb 15 14:20:41 EST 2010

On Mon, Feb 15, 2010 at 1:51 PM, john-thomas richards <jtr at jrichards.org> wrote:
> On Mon, Feb 15, 2010 at 01:44:57PM -0500, Steve Romanow wrote:
>> On 2/15/2010 1:41 PM, Michael Mol wrote:
>> >
>> >With the exception of the display, it's easy enough to accomplish by
>> >just plugging in a second keyboard and mouse. That's what I have going
>> >on in my home-theater setup at home.
>> >
>> >As for the display, I have each display show up as a different screen.
>> >(The TV is at :0.1, the desk is :0.0)  If you enable xinerama, both
>> >displays become part of :0.0, which has conveniences as far as
>> >dragging windows around. (I don't use it that way, though, because it
>> >breaks vdpau, which I need for hardware-accelerated h264 decoding.)
>> >
>> I like Mikes thinking.  If your laptop doesnt have the hardware,
>> this <http://www.google.com/products/catalog?q=usb+video+card&oe=utf-8&rls=org.mozilla:en-US:official&client=firefox-a&um=1&ie=UTF-8&cid=13793920276800844395&ei=tJV5S8HIDciAnQfw85HHCQ&sa=X&oi=product_catalog_result&ct=result&resnum=1&ved=0CB8Q8wIwAA#ps-sellers>
>> may help.
> I don't know that I've ever seen such a beast.  Crazy.  A USB VGA port.
> I think that, along with Mike's idea of a wireless keyboard/mouse will
> work for me.

Take a look at the Newegg reviews:

USB2 is only 400Mb/s. 640x480x24bpp at 60Hz is 421.875Mb/s.  A more
reasonable 1280x1024x24bpp at 60Hz is 1800 Mb/s.

Don't expect a stellar refresh rate; more like VNC over a slow DSL
connection. An extension cord run to your laptop's VGA, DVI or HDMI
port is better. (And probably cheaper, too!)


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