2 keyboards on 1 computer

January 4, 2006 at 05:50:22
Specs: WinXP PRO SP2, 1.5GHz/768MB

Is there any way to use 2 keyboards at the same time on the same PC ? I was wondering whether I could play FiFA 06 with other player without using a gamepad.

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#1
January 4, 2006 at 06:56:58

There is no way you can use two keyboard simultaneously as computers only have one keyboard interrupt, one keyboard controller and one keyboard socket.

You can connect two keyboard to one computer via a KVM switch and alternate between the two but not both simultaneously.

Stuart


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#2
January 4, 2006 at 07:59:09

If it would help, I think you can have 2 or more Pointing Devices (mouse, touch pad, etc) connected at the same time.


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#3
January 4, 2006 at 08:14:27

You can use two keyboards at the same time. Just plug two USB keyboards in and they will both function.

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#4
January 4, 2006 at 08:42:20

You can use two keyboards at the same time. Just plug two USB keyboards in and they will both function.

?? What BIOS supports two KB?

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#5
January 4, 2006 at 11:14:15

Well I've done this on ASUS motherboards (P2B's through P4B800) and Dell Optiplex GX 620 systems.

I do this several times a week. We are in the process of upgrading all our systems from Win2K to XP. I plug in a USB connection from my KVM switch and a USB keyboard. I use the keyboard and mouse connected to the KVM switch to input the data as the OS is loading. Then once the OS is loaded we run scripts that put all the latest patches on, and configure the OS to our specs. At certain points in the script it will ask to press Ok, verify which option etc. I've done this so many times I know what beeps mean what so I don't need to switch from my main computer to the one being reloaded. I just press the proper key on the USB keyboard connected directly to the computer.

Just for giggles, we wanted to see how keyboards we could connect. We tried up to 4 on the Dell 620 and they all worked. Yes, we were bored that day.



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#6
January 4, 2006 at 14:37:46

Yea, but did all keys work at the same time on both? Seems if you pressed "S" on one, the "S" on the other would not work at the same time.


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#7
January 4, 2006 at 16:11:19

I didn't measure it down to the millisecond as to how soon the two keys could be pressed withing a given amount of time. Let's stop splitting hairs here. the question was "can you connect two keyboards at the same time". The answer is yes.

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#8
January 25, 2006 at 15:16:07

How's it going guys?
Ive got a similar problem. I want to use 2 keyboards (i own 2). I have a BTC keyboard with one of those green plugs with the little pins. The other is a zboard with a usb plug.
I dont need to use both at the same time, one at a time is fine. i just dont want to unplug one plug in the other and reboot the computer.
What is this 'KVM switch' you guys speak of? Could it help me with my problem?
All help MUCH appreciated :-)

Cheers


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