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4harpers October 24th, 2010 02:16 PM

Monitor Switching
My son likes to switch the monitor input from his computer desktop to his XBox360 using the same DVI input on the monitor. When he is through playing one he pulls the DVI plug on the monitor and switches to the other. Can he harm the video card on the computer by doing this with power on? Can he harm the video card by leaving the computer on when its not hooked up to the monitor? Thanks for any advice.

dohray October 24th, 2010 07:11 PM

Hi there,

I don't personally like pulling cables from components without shutting down the system (hot swappable HDD's being the exception) because there is a risk - now matter how small - of damage being caused.

Perhaps the easiest solution would be to buy a DVI splitter like this one to plug into the monitor along with another DVI cable?

4harpers October 24th, 2010 07:34 PM

Thank you for your reply, I will buy the switch you linked too. Thanks again

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