64 March 2018
>>>YOUR ELECTRONICS QUESTIONS ANSWERED HERE BY N&V READERS
#4 The answer to your S-Video
problem is one that is easy. Go to
Amazon.com and look at these
Star Tech SVID2COMP six inch
S-Video to Composite Video Adapter
Cable $2.06 each.
Electop 2-Pack S-Video Female to
RCA Male Composite Video Adapter
$6.59 (Prime) for a pair (very small
device that I have used for years).
Your biggest worry is your
S-Video machine. Start looking at the
converters to put your tapes on your
hard drive and a backup on a thumb
drive for safe keeping, if your home
movies are not replaceable.
Good luck and a healthy New
Year to you.
[#1184 - January 2018]
Sharing A Monitor With Two PCs
I have two desktop computers
and three 32” HP Pavillion 32Q
monitors being used by two people at
the same time. One of the monitors
is assigned to each computer and
depending on the applications being
used, the third one goes to whomever
benefits most by having two screens.
I have to physically disconnect and
reconnect the third screen when it
needs to be moved to the other PC.
How can I do this without having
to crawl uder the table to make the
switch? I’ve looked at KVM switches,
but I only need to share the third
monitor — not the keyboard, mouse,
etc. The monitors use the display port
input and run at 2560 x 1440. I would
just add another monitor to run two
with each PC, but there isn’t enough
room in the work area.
#1 You can get displayport switch
boxes that will do what you need, or
you can simply use a standard KVM
and only connect the video signals.
The KVM doesn’t care whether the
keyboard and mouse signals are
#2 See a displayport switch at
Also, search displayport switch at
Amazon.com. There are several listed.
West Hills, CA