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By kcav ·
How can I control two computers using one keyboard and mouse?

The computers are similar and are located within a stones throw of each other - on each side of my workbench. I would like to input to them using the same keyboard and mouse. What software and hardware should I use?

?Both computers use Intel Pentium II & III processors, and have 512MB SDRAM installed.
?The operating system on both machines will be Windows XP Professional.
?The motherboards are both made by Tyan. One is an S1854 (-A) Trinity 400 (6 PCI, 1 AGP, 3 DIMM) and the other a Tyan S1836 Thunder UANGR (2 slot 1, 6 PCI, 1 AGP, 4 DIMM).
? The Video Adapter on both machines are the same, All-In-Wonder 128 AGP (32 MB),3D Accelerator ATI Rage128 GL.
? The machines are connected to a LAN using Fast Ethernet Adapters, and have identical COM1, COM2, and LPT1 ports.

Where they differ is the USB ports:
?? The Trinity has a Generic USB Hub with four connectors v1.1. I use them to transfer-in still images and sound recordings, and I also have a printer and optical mouse there now.
? The Thunder 100 has a PCI card with three USB connectors V2.0. Connected to it are: CDW, tape, and A/D converter which ahs a VCR connected to it.
? There are no devices connected to the COM and LPT ports on either machine.

Keyboard Properties
Keyboard Name: Standard 101/102-Key or Microsoft Natural PS/2 Keyboard
Keyboard Type: IBM enhanced (101- or 102-key) Keyboard Layout US
ANSI Code Page 1252 - Western European (Windows)
OEM Code Page 437
Repeat Delay 1
Repeat Rate 22

Mouse Properties
Microsoft USB Wireless Optical Mouse(IntelliPoint)
Mouse Buttons 3
Mouse Hand Right
Pointer Speed 1
Double-Click Time 688 msec
X/Y Threshold 7 / 0
Wheel Scroll Lines 3

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by kimscomputing In reply to Control 2 computers with ...

You need a KVM Switch. They sell them at CompUSA or BestBuy - practically any computer store. I purchased a 4 port switch from ebay for about $30. Mine has a keyboard command that switches between computers.

The main keyboard, mouse and monitor plug into the switch box and using KVM Cable (usually comes with it- male to male)- one computer plugs into the 1 side and the other into the 2 side. and walla with the push of a button you can swap between both computers.

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by kcav In reply to

Thank you for your reply.

I will look into using a KVM switch on this platform ASP. I have another question about blending these two computers into a platform from which I can operate both computers simultaneously,but I will post it seperately. Thank you again for your help.

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by TheChas In reply to Control 2 computers with ...

"Normally" all you would need is a KVM switch.

The problem is your USB mouse.

If you can use a USB to PS/2 adapter on the mouse, you could use a standard KVM switch.

I did find a USB KVM switch at www.blackbox.com
But, I suspect that the $400(US) price tag is a bit high for your needs.
It also would require a USB keyboard.

Alternately, you could use a PS/2 KVM switch for the keyboard and a USB switch for the mouse.
Awkward, but much less expensive.

Chas

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by kcav In reply to

Thank you for your reply.

The optical mouse I have been using has worked well, but adds no functionality. So spending the extra money for a USB switch is not justiified.

I have another question about blending these two computers into a platform from which I can operate both computers simultaneously,but I will post it seperately.

Thank you again for your help.

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by Chris910 In reply to Control 2 computers with ...

I have been happy with the three different belkin units I have used.

--keep in mind that the cables also figure into the total cost.
--One of the reasons for disparity in cost is the internals. For instance, my lower priced belkin omnicube requires that while booting a computer the KVM must have that computer selected while my omnipro I just turn the power on to the computer with no wories. Also my omnicube has an issue with a usb optical mouse using a PS2 adapter where the omnipro works fine.

here is the link to a couple of 2 port belkin units
http://tinyurl.com/3h2vh

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by kcav In reply to

Thank you for your reply.

I note what you said about only needing to have the computers powered-up when booting. I will look into using a Belkin switch. I have another question about blending these two computers into a platform from which I can operate both computers simultaneously,but I will post it seperately.

Thank you again for your help.

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by kcav In reply to Control 2 computers with ...

Purchased Belkin 2-poet KVM Switch with Audio Support and built In Cabling. Works great

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