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How do I link two towers together as one system?

by Dango517 / November 15, 2010 8:38 AM PST

I want to link two towers together as one system. I do not wish to use two monitors or two keyboards or two OSs. My newer primary PC would be the link to the net. One printer would be used for both. How can this be done? How can I marry them together without creating a network of machines? What would I need?

I have an old PC that I would like to use for its resources .... CPU, drives etc., to enhance my current system. Can I marry them together without creating a network? What about the OSs, Can I use one OS to run both towers?

Is this possible?

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I have to write no.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / November 15, 2010 10:16 AM PST

Your post has all the details why this won't work. Also since Windows may be what you run, that's a second reason you can't do this.

Sorry about that.
Bob

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Maybe some reading just for fun;
by ahtoi / November 15, 2010 2:37 PM PST
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use an omnicube
by UtopianTiger / November 16, 2010 12:10 AM PST
http://kvmswitchdirect.co.uk/Belkin-OmniCube.htm

Alows you to run 2 (or more depending on model) pcs from one keboard/mouse/mon.

Will need an OS on each machine though.

As for sharing the resources/drives, you are going to need a network to share drives/storage. If you are using a router already then that will prbably have at least 4 ports on it. just get yourself a network cable or two and your done. Else get a crossover cable (not a normal network cable)and plug it straight from one machines network card to the other.
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Seems that one is obsolete
by Dango517 / November 16, 2010 3:04 AM PST
In reply to: use an omnicube

This one might do it, it has sound too ............

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817107417

They are called KVM switches/devices and are used with gaming consoles it seems.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/KVM_switch

I noticed for the link I provided above both ISP addresses need to be the same for both towers to use the net as one single machine.

Drive letters also are of some concern. Using two C: drives being problematic fore instance. I'm all most certain the same brand of OS would be needed due to file extension problems for one example. Hmmmm, I do have an old ME OS around here somewhere.

This router might do (I do wish it had a firewall. One Firewall would be better then two):

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16833124309&cm_re=routers_wired-_-33-124-309-_-Product

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Was this what you meant by a crossover cable
by Dango517 / November 16, 2010 3:19 AM PST
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