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BigCanoe
Jul 27, 2003, 08:53 AM
Hi,

Is it possible/practical to share a monitor, keyboard and mouse between a Powermac and a PC? I need to have both at my desk, but I would like to minimize the clutter if I can.

Thanks

filipp
Jul 27, 2003, 08:58 AM
You will need a KVM (Keyboard Video Mouse) adapter.

edesignuk
Jul 27, 2003, 09:12 AM
As filipp has said, you need a KVM, one that is compatible with both Mac & PC. Dr. Bott (http://www.drbott.com/prod/db.lasso?cat=KVM Switches) have a good range.

BigCanoe
Jul 27, 2003, 10:50 AM
Whoa, thats cool, he claims you can share the iMac monitor with a PC :)

ColdZero
Jul 27, 2003, 10:52 AM
Dr. Bott is kinda expensive, I'd recommend IOGear. I have a 4 port USB KVM that I use to switch between my PCs and Macs. Also while I was at macworld I talked to the belkin people about some rack mounted KVMs. When I asked if they could switch ADC, he said no. But he did say that they will be releasing a desktop product that can switch DVI very soon. So if you want to hook up a flatpanel, you may want to wait for that. He said it would switch USB, DVI and Audio and would be out in a few weeks.

Alex Bischoff
Nov 7, 2003, 12:04 AM
Originally posted by ColdZero
Dr. Bott is kinda expensive, I'd recommend IOGear. I have a 4 port USB KVM that I use to switch between my PCs and Macs.

As I understand it, IOGear KVMs can only emulate standard 2-button mice (see also this IOGear support document (http://www.iogear.com/support/til/index.php?func=TILDisplay&TIL_ID=10068) on the topic). Did you find a way around that limitation?

ColdZero
Nov 7, 2003, 12:54 AM
No, I can't use my extra button my my logitech dual optical mouse. I only get my two buttons, on my mac. Which is wierd, because on my PC, I can use the 4th button on the side. Along with the wheel button, which I use for voice chat in games.