Convert laptop to function as a KVM

September 25, 2012 at 11:10:43
Specs: Windows 7, 2GB
Is there a way to use a laptop as a KVM without spending thousands of dollars? I figured for video use a TV out using component and have a TV tuner on the laptop with component input. But for the keyboard and mouse, I'd have to use some sort of device that would capture the input from the laptop and pass it to the computer. I would want BIOS access so software on the computer wouldn't work for me.

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September 25, 2012 at 11:18:06
What exactly are you trying to do? Are you trying to switch between multiple computers, or one computer and a TV? Are you trying to display what you want on the computer or the TV? What kind of TV do you have? What inputs does it have?
Are you talking about a TV tuner PCMCIA card for the laptop?

If you want to display both a laptop and a computer on a separate TV, you can get a VGA to TV box for about $30, then use your TV as the switcher to go between computers. (Those boxes typically have component and s-video out) so you would put one on component in and they other on video in.

If you want to use the laptop as your TV display, then you need a TV tuner card (you can get them USB at newegg), and hook your digital TV box up to it, then use whatever software that comes with the tuner card to watch it on the laptop.

If you display one computer on the TV, and use the laptop normally, you can also use a program called Synergy to share the laptop's keyboard and mouse and control the other computer (that's displaying on the TV). Synergy is freeware.

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September 25, 2012 at 13:54:45
I want to use my laptop to work on other computers on a workbench rather than have a separate monitor, keyboard and mouse.

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September 25, 2012 at 15:30:18
Then you need a KVM, you can't do it with a laptop.

KVM's are cheap, how many ports do you need and do you want PS2 or USB?

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September 25, 2012 at 17:24:53
"KVM's are cheap..."

Agreed, and what you're attempting to do wouldn't work unless you could completely disconnect the keyboard/video/mouse from the laptop or somehow use/invoke Remote Desktop on the other machine---not very likely if the other machine has problems or isn't compatible with R.D.

"Channeling the spirit of jboy..."

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September 25, 2012 at 20:48:59

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