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eVGA UV Plus USB VGA Adapter 100-U2-UV16-A1 USB to VGA Interface
  • USB > VGA
  • Max 1600 x 1200
  • VGA Output
  • USB 2.0 Interface
  • Supports up to 1920 x 1200
  • DVI/VGA Display Support
  • Multi-display Solution

5 out of 5 eggs Play a game of "Where's the Windows box?" 09/22/2009

This review is from: eVGA UV Plus USB VGA Adapter 100-U2-UV16-A1 USB to VGA Interface

Pros:

I do scientific programming for astronomy, so I run Linux on my main desktop. But from time to time, it's convenient to have Windows too. So I was running XP under VMware Player. But the VMware display was slowing down my machine and taking up display real estate.

I thought, hey, I've got this extra display (it's true), so I bought one of these adapters refurb, routed it to the virtual machine, installed XP drivers, switched XP to use only the USB display adapter and not the VMware-provided virtual display (also manually added a line to the VMware config file) and Voila! Virtual machine has physical display! It works marvelously.

The amazing thing is not that it works at all, but that it works *reliably*. No trouble at all. Boots up clean every time, and never loses integrity. Doesn't overheat. Big kudos to both VMware and DisplayLink.

Plus, now I have a game I can play with my colleagues. It's called, "Can you find the Windows box?"

Cons:

That cheesy USB cable it comes with. It works, but if it ever breaks, I can replace it with a standard 4-to-6 cable anyway.

I can now watch Hulu on the Windows VM while I work, although not quite 16x12. Oops. Must exercise self-control.

Other Thoughts:

Oh yeah, and I use Synergy to share keyboard and mouse with the Windows machine, instead of VMware's built-in support, which is totally confused by having this extra display that came from nowhere.

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