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Q: KVM Switch ( Answered,   6 Comments )
Subject: KVM Switch
Category: Computers > Hardware
Asked by: joshuam-ga
List Price: $5.00
Posted: 07 Oct 2004 07:31 PDT
Expires: 06 Nov 2004 06:31 PST
Question ID: 411507
I would like to install a KVM switch on my Laptop and Desktop. However
I'll only be using the Keyboard Function of it. The question I have is
that my Laptop is USB capable only and does not have any PS/2 slots.
What kindof KVM switch offers a USB capable only KVM switch while
being under say $50?
Subject: Re: KVM Switch
Answered By: skermit-ga on 07 Oct 2004 08:12 PDT
I've found a bunch on eBay for <$35 if you click on Buy It Now. Here
are the links to one that will work provided you have a PS/2 keyboard
(some keyboards have both USB & PS/2 connectors, and many mice have a
usb-->PS/2 connector packaged with them).

$19.99 + 9.99 shipping = $30

More USB KVM switches

Thank you for your question.

Subject: Re: KVM Switch
From: mrsmart-ga on 07 Oct 2004 12:51 PDT
The question is not answered. I think the answer is there is not KVM
switch for under $50 that works with USB ports
Subject: Re: KVM Switch
From: crythias-ga on 07 Oct 2004 20:24 PDT
retails for $70, but the froogle search
definitely puts it at under $50.
Subject: Re: KVM Switch
From: crythias-ga on 07 Oct 2004 20:27 PDT
btw... keyboard only? I hope you mean keyboard and video. Otherwise,
you might want to clarify that you want to share a keyboard between
two PC's? (or explain your goal in better terms?)

These are free comments.
Subject: Re: KVM Switch
From: joshuam-ga on 11 Oct 2004 11:47 PDT
Yea, isnt that great... I purchased exactly what he had told me and
now it doesnt work with what I am doing. The Goal: I wanted to share a
keyboard between 2 computers and possibly a mouse later down the road.
Subject: Re: KVM Switch
From: joshuam-ga on 11 Oct 2004 11:49 PDT
To clarify it a litter more... I have a laptop that is USB only no
PS/2 slots available. A desktop computer that has a PS/2 Keyboard. I
would like to use my PS/2 Keybaord with my USB capable laptop.
Subject: Re: KVM Switch
From: crythias-ga on 11 Oct 2004 13:43 PDT
Assuming it can be done, um.. why do you want to do this? Why not just
buy a USB keyboard for your PC and one for your laptop. Or, why not
run something like VNC (, FREE) to control your...
say, notebook, from your desktop?

You don't want to swap keyboards, yet control the "other" unit. So..
VNC is a good option. That works, or use your KVM and switch displays
at the touch of a button.

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