Sharing between PC and Mac?

Discussion in 'Macintosh Computers' started by BigCanoe, Jul 27, 2003.

  1. BigCanoe macrumors 6502

    Jan 13, 2003

    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.

  2. filipp macrumors regular

    Feb 10, 2003
    You will need a KVM (Keyboard Video Mouse) adapter.
  3. edesignuk Moderator emeritus


    Mar 25, 2002
    London, England
    As filipp has said, you need a KVM, one that is compatible with both Mac & PC. Dr. Bott have a good range.
  4. BigCanoe thread starter macrumors 6502

    Jan 13, 2003

    Whoa, thats cool, he claims you can share the iMac monitor with a PC :)
  5. ColdZero macrumors regular

    Aug 22, 2002
    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.
  6. Alex Bischoff macrumors newbie

    Aug 19, 2003
    Dallas, TX
    As I understand it, IOGear KVMs can only emulate standard 2-button mice (see also this IOGear support document on the topic). Did you find a way around that limitation?
  7. ColdZero macrumors regular

    Aug 22, 2002
    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.

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