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2 CPUs, 2 Monitors, 1 keyboard & 1 Mouse

by zgeorgia / September 14, 2008 7:32 AM PDT

I have 2 CPUs (both XP), 2 Monitors (LCDs) 1 Keyboard & 1 Mouse. How do I connect everything together? I tried to use a KVM Switcher, but it only supports 1 monitor and if I use a splitter (Y cable) on the KVM on the monitor it makes the monitors mirror each other. I'm trying to use dual monitors for each CPU. Is this possible? I also looked into the software package Synergy, but there were limitations there too. Please advise.

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Re: KVM switch
by Kees Bakker / September 14, 2008 7:39 AM PDT

Those date from way back, when PC's only had one monitor. I don't know of any KVVM-switch. So that would be 2 KVM-switches, one fully used and one only for the second monitor (-V-, so to speak).

I see no reason why that shouldn't work.


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2 KVM Suggestion Question
by zgeorgia / September 14, 2008 7:51 AM PDT
In reply to: Re: KVM switch

Where is the 2nd KVM connected? Also, what would be done with the extra PS2 Keyboard & Mouse connections? I'm not sure about this working - wouldn't the hot-swap switching capability be compromised too?

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My suggestion.
by Kees Bakker / September 14, 2008 7:55 AM PDT

Connect the second KVM to the second video-out on both PC's and the second monitor. Just like the V-part of the first KVM is for the first monitor.
And don't use the keyboard and mouse connections. Those are handled by the first KVM.

What shouldn't work?


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One more KVM Question
by zgeorgia / September 14, 2008 8:25 AM PDT
In reply to: My suggestion.

The secondary PC only has 1 video output, the primary PC has the 2 vide outputs, will that matter? What about networking the computers somehow? Are there any other video switching options?

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With one video output ...
by Kees Bakker / September 14, 2008 4:59 PM PDT
In reply to: One more KVM Question

you can't get dual display, of course.

So you can connect the second monitor to your computer that can for the moment without KVM switch and turn it on and off when needed.


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1 with and 1 without
by zgeorgia / September 15, 2008 2:16 PM PDT

Thank you for your assistance, attaching the second monitor to the primary CPU independently works!

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Are you trying to have dual display on each computer?
by ahtoi / September 14, 2008 3:21 PM PDT

If yes then are the computer capable of doing that individually to begin with?

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Dual display on each Computer
by zgeorgia / September 15, 2008 2:13 PM PDT

Yes, I was going to attempt it, but I'm not sure about whether or not the secondary CPU can support the second monitor. In the interim, I've connected the second monitor to the primary computer outside of the KVM and it's working.


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2CPUs - 1K2V1M
by loveto_sing / July 7, 2011 2:50 PM PDT

What if you don't connect either monitor to the KVM switch and just route the K & M through the switch? Not a techno geek, but I don't see why that wouldn't work?? NO?? Let me know.. Good Luch

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