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    Is there a switch/hub or something that will allow a 1 input monitor to accept more?

    More inputs that is. If my monitor only can take 1 A/V input right now, can I buy something to allow it to connect maybe 2 or 3? Thanks!

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    Yes, an A/V switch, from Radio Shack.

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    Thanks!!!!!!!!!!

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    or a rca y splitter....
    i used that on mine to share my audio and video signal...
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    Yes, but what would happen if you accidentally had both devices on at the same time?

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    mixed signals

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    Quote Originally Posted by ukchris
    Yes, an A/V switch, from Radio Shack.
    I think you meant to say A/B Switch.
    They exist for all sorts of inputs: RCA, S-video, CATV, & VGA to name the ones off the top of my head. If you're looking for a VGA A/B Switch, you might not have very good luck at Radio Shack, try ebay or google or here.
    If you want a regular S-video or RCA switch then I got something at WalMart that would work for you. It's an auto-sensing/switching 4-way switch. It has 4 S-video inputs and 4 RCA composite inputs and automatically chooses the signal to output simultaneously to CATV channel 3/4, RCA, and s-video (it also handles a stereo RCA stream). The only thing it doesn't do is convert composite input to S-video output. I think I got it for $20, and it works beautifully. You can even get rid of the auto sensing function and choose the input manually. The only thing I don't know is how much power it uses - I wouldn't imagine it uses too much though.
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    Thank you very much for that everyone. Although I would prefer the auto sensing/manual one from Walmart, I don't feel like running another power wire to that component as well. The A/B switch from radioshack should do it. Thanks again!

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    Actuall y I meant A/V switch .. as in Audio/Video Switch as they are called !... I very well know what A/B switches are as I own 6 KVM Switches 4 Coaxial Switches 2 4-Way Speaker Switches and numerous parallel switches



    Quote Originally Posted by RPI Geek
    I think you meant to say A/B Switch.
    They exist for all sorts of inputs: RCA, S-video, CATV, & VGA to name the ones off the top of my head. If you're looking for a VGA A/B Switch, you might not have very good luck at Radio Shack, try ebay or google or here.
    If you want a regular S-video or RCA switch then I got something at WalMart that would work for you. It's an auto-sensing/switching 4-way switch. It has 4 S-video inputs and 4 RCA composite inputs and automatically chooses the signal to output simultaneously to CATV channel 3/4, RCA, and s-video (it also handles a stereo RCA stream). The only thing it doesn't do is convert composite input to S-video output. I think I got it for $20, and it works beautifully. You can even get rid of the auto sensing function and choose the input manually. The only thing I don't know is how much power it uses - I wouldn't imagine it uses too much though.

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