Question about StarTech.com StarView SV431USB 4-port KVM Switch
I am trying to use 2 pcs with a single monitor, mouse, and keyboard. The first is a ThinkPad T60 laptop running XP Pro. The other is a Dell Inspiron desktop running Vista Home. The switch is a Starview SV231USB. Both machines are using USB for the mouse & keyboard. The XP machine is working just fine, but the Vista machine doesn't recognize the mouse or keyboard. The switch also allows for the sharing of 1 other USB device, in my case a printer. Both machines have access to this printer, so I know that the USB is working. I've tried reversing the cables, doesn't make a difference. If I boot the Vista machine using a dedicated mouse and keyboard, it comes up fine. I can then plug in the switched mouse and keyboard and they work fine until I switch to the XP machine and then switch back. After that the mouse and keyboard are not recognized again.
Your problem has nothing to do with the Operating System (Vista), it has something to do with the brand of your computer. I have similar problem before, I have Vista (Dell), but the time I connected another Vista (Sony Vaio), everything worked correctly.
This is what you need to do:
1. You have to make sure that you are using a standard USB keyboard and mouse.
2. Connect first the keyboard and mouse directly to the Vista computer to see if the USB ports of your computer are working properly.
3. You may power cycle the KVM switch by disconnecting it from the computers (including the keyboard and mouse) and leave it disconnected for 2 minutes.
4. Reconnect everything after two minutes and then reboot the computers.
5. Try using different USB keyboard if problem exist after power cycling the KVM switch.
Posted on Apr 06, 2009
SOURCE: using KVM-121 with 2 monitors
You should be able to -- the KVM switch would just switch inputs for the monitor, but since your two monitors would be plugged in directly to your computers, the switch wouldn't actually be affecting your monitor inputs.
Just make sure to plug your monitors directly to your computers and not use the switch.
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