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Re: [OT] X-friendly KVM switch?

Hal Vaughan wrote:

On Sunday 01 May 2005 09:38 pm, Monique Y. Mudama wrote:
I'm looking for an X-friendly PS/2-style KVM switch.  Currently, I
have a Belkin 4-port Omniview E series, and whenever I switch back to
X from another system, the mouse goes all crazy and I have to

Anyone have a well-behaved KVM switch?

4-port would be great, but I can live with 2.  As long as I'm asking,
it would be great if you could tell me if

a) you can switch systems with keystrokes instead of having to touch
the switch

b) if the switch beeps when you switch systems

Thanks in advance!

I'm using a 4 port KVM, that originally cost $100 US. I use alt-ctrl-shift-x, where x is 1-4, and it will switch to that computer. It's under the desk, so I'm not going to go through the cables and dust to find the model number ,but it's a Linksys. It is transparent to the OS, so I've had no problem using it on computers running Linux (with X), and various versions of the Redmond OS. I've had a few glitches (like when my one system with an older mobo powers off before I switch to another system, I have to hit the manual button on the KVM itself -- but otherwise I can always toggle it from the keyboard). The version I have works with PS/2 mouse and keyboard connectors. I don't know if you can use an adaptor and connect to USB, since it's never been an issue for me.

I think it's great and it's one of those few pieces of technology that I hardly ever have to think about -- I just hit the keystrokes, and I get switched to the box I want.

You can even boot one computer while using another, and it'll think the keyboard and mouse are hooked up to it.



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I'm using IOGEAR with IPCop, Debian and windows XP. It also works off the key board to switch to a different machine. You can get them at Best Buy and others I guess for around $100.00. Heres a link:



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