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2 Monitors, One Desktop, One PC, One Keyboard, One Mouse

by tifgirl / November 4, 2009 8:11 AM PST

Can this work? I have two monitors, a keyboard, speakers and a mouse connected to my desktop. I'd like to find a KVM switch or something similar that will allow me to attach my laptop to the two monitors, keyboard and mouse that I am using on my desktop. Any ideas? I can only find a KVM switch that supports a single monitor.


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Dual reverse KVM.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / November 4, 2009 8:35 AM PST
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a kvm will get you half-way there
by ramarc / November 4, 2009 9:42 AM PST

your laptop could share the keyboard/mouse and one monitor with any kvm that supports usb keyboard/mouse. speakers and the other monitor would cost a good bit more.

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2 Monitors, One Desktop, One Keyboard, One Mouse
by tifgirl / November 5, 2009 2:13 AM PST

Thanks, but any ideas on how to get the laptop onto the two computers. Idealy I'd like to get it off the desk and work seamlessly between my laptop and desktop on the two monitors.

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Several manufacturers, including Avocent, Raritan, Rose, and
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / November 5, 2009 3:01 AM PST

"Several manufacturers, including Avocent, Raritan, Rose, and Startech, offer remote KVM capabilities over TCP/IP, "

Seems you have solutions out there. One I didn't offer is Remote Desktop since I can't guess if you would call that seamless.

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It works for me
by MarkFlax Forum moderator / November 5, 2009 5:30 AM PST

I have two desktop PCs, one keyboard, one mouse, and two monitors.

Vista PC - sees both monitors and uses the keyboard and mouse.

XP PC only sees one monitor, but uses the same keyboard and mouse. Pressing CTRL + CTRL + 1, (or 2), switches the display of the shared monitor and the keyboard/mouse between the two PCs.

I don't know about a laptop, but the trick for me was to use the KVM switch on the shared monitor connection, so the Vista PC can use both the monitors but the XP PC can only use the shared one.


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