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KVM functionality Just purchased a Linksys PS2KVM4 to use with my ThinkPad T-41 and a custom made tower. The ThinkPad is in a port extender, running XP. The tower is running W2000. I can connect to each with the KVM, but the hot keys do not work (at all) and the T41 locks up the mouse about once an hour. The only solution is to kill both machines and restart. I have checked the literature about pin 6 on the keyboard plug (not there on my keyboard) and have already had the KVM replaced because Linksys claimed I had a bad one. Second one does exactly the same thing as the first. Looking for any suggestions. Maybe the best suggestion is 'find a new KVM'. I'm also open to recommendations for a viable replacement.

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Re: KVM functionality

This happens on KVMs, some more than others. I have a couple of Avocents that work great with Dell and HP servers, a Belkin OmniView that works great with two Dells and OK with a home built. Bottom line is some switches work better than others just like some PCs seem to behave better than others. If you?re looking for suggestions I would stay away from the cheaper $50 and under switches unless you find a good, used, guaranteed one somewhere. I like the Belkin OmniView and Advocent (really expensive, meant for servers and other medium sized sites). I would stay away from LinkSys, they make good wireless equipment but haven?t heard much good about their KVM switches. The original post was a few months ago so this is really intended to help anyone in the future who is researching a similar problem and winds up here.

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