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I have a couple of old non-intel machines for porting stuff, and they have a special monitor cable.

I would like to be able to throw away these old CRTs and instead be able to see their video by capturing it into a USB port of a modern machine. Performance is not an issue.

Is there such a thing?

The video connections look something like this: http://ep.yimg.com/ca/I/mxsun_2215_37738309

(capturing pure VGA also interesting)

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That looks like a SUN 13W3 connector, you can get adaptors to allow you to connect them to a VGA monitor.

Alternatively they are presumably using X11 so you can try something like XMing as a local server for your old machines.

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That assumes that they are in working order. I want to be able to control the boot process too. Some machines have a serial console, but SGI for example is very graphical. I can keep their keyboard (if special), but the CRT is a bit big. Would prefer to not have to lug even a LCD screen in place, which is why I'd prefer a video capture USB device. –  Thomas Jun 15 '12 at 14:44
    
Adaptor and a KVM switch? –  Iain Jun 15 '12 at 19:24
    
Good suggestions, but I'd prefer something I can bring my laptop to. –  Thomas Jun 15 '12 at 23:51
    
Got an adaptor, so the CRTs are out. Yay. –  Thomas Jun 16 '12 at 21:07
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