my kvm predicament

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by mrweirdo, Jun 16, 2006.

  1. mrweirdo macrumors 6502

    Nov 21, 2005
    Doing some shopping on newegg looking for a KVM solution for my pc and upcoming laptop(macbook). Well I have a problem as my current multimedia equiped keyboard is ps2 along with my microsoft intellimouse. The macbook only has usb. Somehow I need to get my ps2 converted to usb on the mac side. My pc will can still be hooked up via ps2 or usb. As far as monitor input that doesnt matter as my Samsung LCD has two inputs allready on it. DVI for the new mac and vga for the pc since my pc only has a vga gfx card anyways.

    What I'm most woried about is will the multimedia controls on my keyboard work in OS X. I have a like new Gateway (7002192 rebranded keytronics) keyboard which requres drivers off gateways site in order for the extra keys to work under windows. The one time I tried using this keyboard under linux(ubuntu 5.10) it didnt work so well were as gnome or kde couldnt tell the difference between each key function. I'm realy hopefull that wont hapen in os x.

    I have no idea what i should do:
    maybe get something like this setup:
    ps2 keyboard & mouse > IOGEAR GCS62W6 Micro KVM Switch > pc ps2
    kvm > BYTECC BT-2000 USB to PS2 Adapter > macbook
  2. rockstarjoe macrumors 6502a


    Jun 2, 2006
    washington dc
    I'm in the same pickle. Let me know if you come up with a solution!
  3. Copland macrumors regular


    May 26, 2006
    Rochester, NY
    That combination seems like it would work.:)

    As for the media buttons, I kind of doubt that they would work under Mac OS, especially if you need Gateway drivers on Windows. I'm not an expert on these things, but I have a media keyboard as well, and it doesn't have buttons that work in Mac OS.

    Then again, I haven't looked too hard...:eek:
  4. Core Trio macrumors regular

    Core Trio

    May 16, 2006
    New Jersey
    I know its not an option for everyone...but you could always get an apple keyboard right?
  5. robbieduncan Moderator emeritus


    Jul 24, 2002
    I used to use a Belkin Pro2 series rackmount KVM (yes my flat didlook like a datacentre). It use PS/2 peripherals but could connect to computers using PS/2 OR USB. It did some sort of internal conversion (as it's emulating the keyboard/mouse anyway so as the attached machines don't ever think they have been disconnected this is probably simple).
  6. tipdrill407 macrumors 6502

    May 26, 2006
    From the sound of it, ur keyboard seems pretty old considering it still uses legacy ports. Maybe it's time to just invest in a new keyboard/mouse combo. They usually have deals for these every week at Best Buy and Staples.
  7. mrweirdo thread starter macrumors 6502

    Nov 21, 2005

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