2 Computers, One Monitor & mouse (KVM switch)

January 26, 2010 at 12:59:11
Specs: XP
Hi there,
i have 2 computers, both same spec:
2.9 processor 512 ram.
I want to use both with the same monitor, keyboard
and mouse.
I only use one at a time but it means unplugging the
keyboard, the monitor and the mouse.
I read a lot of forums talking about switches
but i really don't understand the differences between
them all!!
Can someone help me in real basic terms! I want to
spend as small amount of as possible to do the job.
The monitor is only vga and only one input!

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January 26, 2010 at 13:06:47
A lot of it has to do with what type of ports you have on the computers. Like PS/2 and the type of display port the cables need to connect to. There also may be differences in the length of the cables in some cases.

I will let someone else with first hand knowledge of models to come along. You are looking for a KVM switch.

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January 26, 2010 at 13:32:28
One of these (does not have to be that brand)


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January 26, 2010 at 14:17:35
I've used a Belkin KVM switch for years. It uses PS2 connections, but I bought adapters that will allow for the connection of PS2 mouse and keyboard to a new machine that has only USB.


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January 26, 2010 at 14:42:23
I suspect that the cheapest KVM (Keyboard-Video-Mouse) switch would work. I use them all the time in all sorts of situations. Most have a hot key to switch computer to computer to computer and some have both real switch and hot key. Most default to one computer instead of the one powered up. If you use one mostly put it on the first channel.

The only issue is cheapest may only allow PS/2 type and not usb only keyboards and mice.

Example of one that should work for you. http://www.frys.com/product/3401593...

Be sure you get the cables or figure the cables and the box in the cost to be sure.

I paid a lot more than that for some of mine. A LOT more.

They don't have to be the same spec or OS or design. You can switch from DEC Alpha to x86 even.

Playing to the angels
Les Paul (1915-2009)

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January 26, 2010 at 14:46:14
I use Iogear KVM very similar to THIS. I purchased it 5 years ago. It's still working flawlessly.


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January 26, 2010 at 17:12:18
thankyou so much guys :)
ill get that!

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