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Will this work?

by Ironman63 / January 16, 2013 2:50 PM PST

Hi, everyone. This is my first post.

I bought a new HP comp with Win 8 OS and I am not impressed with 8 that much(the machine is amazingly fast tho). I have some older games & programs that my wife, our grandkids and I like to use but they are not compatible with the new OS.

So I have an old comp with XP on it and I am thinking about using both comps. My question is about hooking up my wireless keyboard and mouse to both. I would only run one machine at a time. If I use a USB hub to split the wireless receiver to both comps, I can't hurt the comps as long as only one comp is on, can I? Is there a better way to do this? Or am I completely out of my mind for wanting to do this?

Thanks for any input!

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Why not have a mouse and keyboard for each computer?
by glb613 / January 16, 2013 7:34 PM PST
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It's easy and you know it works.

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USB Hubs don't do that.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / January 17, 2013 1:20 AM PST
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So while it should not fry anything it won't work. You could try a USB switch but that has some issues but should work.
Bob

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