Originally Posted by integra
Thanks for the reply. The powerbook comes with "Mini-DVI to VGA" not the Mini-DV to DVI. Is there much difference between VGA and DVI? Would I be better getting the Mini-DV to DVI adapter?
Also, thanks for the offer...but i'm in the UK.
yes typically a digital signal is better for flat panel screens. while u could use the monitor input to switch between the signals, u'd still be left having to mess w/ the keyboard and mouse. offhand i don't know if their are combo VGA/DVI KVM (keyboard, video, mouse) switches (i'm assuming that there are), but assuming your desktop has a DVI port on the video card as most modern video cards have, u should only need a DVI KVM switch. if u have the money i'd recommend getting a powered KVM solution that can pass thru your audio and acts as a USB hub. that way your 2 systems could share your printer/scanner/speakers/headphones/etc. some have manual switches. one that i tried needed only a double keystroke of the scroll lock button to switch between the systems, very sweet, but being a non-powered version the audio pass-thru was horrible.
caveat to the KVM setup in my experience: Mouse was slow in games due to the USB bus being shared w/ other devices. for your usual desktop scenario u won't notice it tho. again if u got one w/ a decent USB setup, u might be able to have a separate pass-thru for the mouse and remedy the issue, if in fact u like to game.