Re: KVM switch problem

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On Tuesday 30 January 2007 16:38, Les wrote:

> On Tue, 2007-01-30 at 10:03 -0800, Gerhard Magnus wrote:
> > I've been trying to get a Belkin USB KVM switch to work with two FC6
> > boxes.  The top of the KVM unit has a pair of illuminated buttons that
> > are used to manually switch the peripherals from one system to the
> > other.  It seems this would be straightforward but it's not.  The
> > keyboard, monitor and mouse work fine when just one system is
> > physically plugged into the switch.  But with both systems connected
> > to it the switch seems to have a mind of its own and goes back and
> > forth between the boxes as soon as I start using the keyboard or
> > mouse.  Often both buttons on the switch are illuminated, as if it
> > were trying to deal with input from both systems.
> >
> > Has anyone had a problem like this?  Is there a workaround?
> >
> > Thanks for the help! -- Jerry
> Hi, Jerry,
> 	I had a similar switch, but I had a different problem and had to
> replace it.  It just would not be recognized at boot time.  I currently
> have a switch from Radio Shack that uses the conventional keyboard and
> mouse.  It seems to work OK, and I'll bet it is Belkin in its heart as
> well.
> 	However, about your problem.  Check your cables.  One or both may not
> be grounded, and that will cause noise that the switch may not be able
> to deal with.
> Regards,
> Les H

KVM switches typically do not mix well with USB mice or keyboards from my 
experience.  I suggest PS2 type devices only.

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