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2 users using 1 computer together

June 23, 2005 at 16:27:17
Specs: Window XP, 256

Is there a way to have 2 keyboards, 2 mice and 2 monitors hooked up to one computer so 2 users can use 1 computer at the same time? Each user would use the computer as if they were the only one using that computer, oblivious to what the other user is doing, unless they look over at the other user's monitor.


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#1
June 23, 2005 at 16:54:38

not that I can think of the way you are asking

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#2
June 23, 2005 at 17:12:17

Not with Windows XP you cant. Although you can connect two monitors and two mice, you can only connect one keyboard. That's down to the hardware.


Stuart


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#3
June 23, 2005 at 17:17:12

Is there a way to do it with another OS with XP as an option for the users?

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#4
June 23, 2005 at 17:54:12

Software is not the problem, it the hardware.

Every PC I have seen will only accept one keyboard. The keyboard controller is part of the BIOS - nothing to do with Windows or any other OS.

Stuart


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#5
June 23, 2005 at 19:10:30

Obviously the hardware has to be there. If it is, Linux and other extendible Unix-like OS's can handle the task. Windows probably could be forced into it, but that's not a configuration I have conceived of. This would be quite a hack, however.

You could bypass the BIOS emulation of the keyboard controller with a USB device. So that's not a real problem.



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#6
June 23, 2005 at 19:17:01

Well, this is just me being cheap. I want to have 2 computers, one for me one for the wife, without spending money for a second computer.

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#7
June 24, 2005 at 04:19:46

There use to be a company that had a device that does what you want. How ever I think the price was about $400. A used computer would be cheaper. From free up.

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#8
June 24, 2005 at 16:37:23

I haven't seen those dumb terminals advertised for a few years. I guess they didn't take off, as the price wasn't much less than that of a second computer.

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#9
June 25, 2005 at 07:16:09

Anybody remember this gem?

It looks like it's been bought out and further developed. However, I suspect that since it is now being advertised as "2 to 5 users...to share a single computer." that it may cost more than an entry level PC.

Here's the web site, you'll have to call for pricing.

http://www.thinsoftinc.com/products_buddy_info.html

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#10
June 25, 2005 at 07:24:56

Hey....check it out.....

If this is still current....it's only $150 (may less?) !

http://www.newworldtelnet.com/buddy-betwin_B-680.htm

Hmmmmm.....Interesting...

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#11
June 27, 2005 at 02:20:55

Hi,

1 PC 2 users :
Only one motherboard manufacturer can do that. You can find more info from below :
http://www.jetway.com.tw/evisn/index.html



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#12
June 27, 2005 at 02:23:09

Hi,

Sorry, copy the wrong location, here it is :
http://www.jetway.com.tw/evisn/product/twin/index.htm


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