Connecting a PS4 to a PC monitor, can I leave the

computer running while I switch between both? I'd like to be able to just unplug the monitor from my PC and then plug it into my ps4 and vice versa without shutting down my computer. Is this okay to do?

geek_themillers1, May 22, 9:40 am

Yes it's fine

Better still if your monitor has multiple inputs you can run a cable to both devices and just switch the source when needed

geek_suicidemonkey, May 22, 11:54 am

I've done this with my ps3. But found my monitor with (1x DVI input, 1x HDMI input) wouldn't allow me to simply switch between by computer (DVI) and ps3 (hdmi) via the button to switch sources. Which is a common problem.

The solution I came up with was to use an 3 input 1 output HDMI switch unit I had to buy, which has a button to switch between, and had to use an HDMI cable from the computer instead of DVI for this to work.

NB: its NOT a good idea to plug/unplug HDMI cables while equipment is on, as it can cause damage your devices if done frequently

geek_lucky.gadgets, May 22, 3:35 pm



Hmm okay, I'll use my TV for now. If I'm using HDMI input on my monitor would I be able to switch sources?

geek_themillers1, May 22, 3:40 pm

Sorry, disagree with everything you said.

I have never been not able to swap sources by using the source button of a monitor.

HDMI IS hot swappable. It is built into the hdmi standards
http://superuser.com/questions/440959/is-hdmi-hot-pluggable

geek_king1, May 22, 3:42 pm



Yes its built into the standard, but it WILL do damage to your equipment if done on a regular basis. http://forums.whirlpool.net.au/archive/1140361

geek_lucky.gadgets, May 22, 4:20 pm

I've done it for years on various computers and monitors. Never had any problems. I see absolutely no reason why it would cause damage unless there's actual evidence rather than some dude on the whirlpool message board.

geek_suicidemonkey, May 22, 4:37 pm

a 5 year old forum post? Perhaps if there is an underlying design/manufacturing fault in connecting devices, but by that logic you should probably be turning off the PC before unplugging USB drives as well.

As I understand it USB has 5 volts live all the time, whereas HDMI at least does a negotiation of sorts before the volts are switched through.

Just sounds like an easy excuse for techs to use, rather than telling the clients they bought a crap product.

geek_king1, May 22, 5:02 pm

I imagine this would cause a problem too
http://37prime.com/news/2014/06/14/no-video-signal/

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