When my PC is connected to the KVM switch it does not start up properly. The computer boots up but it never quite finishes the process. I am stuck looking at my desktop without the ability to use any applications. If I unplug the switch and connect the monitor, mouse and keyboard directly to the PC I am back in business (after rebooting).
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The GCS632U is just one KVM switch. But if you're going to check it out,
it has actually two separate connections.
It will just switch
once you toggle from one computer to another.
Try to power cycle
the KVM switch.
1. Shut off both computers. 2. Disconnect the
KVM switch from the computers. (make sure that not even a single cable
is connected to the computer, even the audio). 3. Leave it
disconnected for 10 minutes. 4. Reconnect the KVM and boot up the XP
first. 5. Boot up the Vista, try to toggle from one computer to
another. 6. LASTLY, shut off the Vista and see if same problem will
If you get the same problem, then you need to contact
IOGEAR and have them RMA the device. Because this is the first time that
I heard of this problem.
When a computer first boots up the video card send a request to the monitor to find on what resolutions the monitor supports. If the video does not get a response the card will default to very low resolutions. The only way to avoid this problem is to boot your computers one at time and keep the KVM on the computer until it fully boots to a desktop. This will allow the KVM to pass the monitor information to the computer.
If possible directly connect the KVM cables to the laptop computer. Try to avoid connecting the KVM cables to a docking station. Also if your KVM has manual port selection buttons on the front of the KVM try holding that button for about five seconds when switching ports.
Repeating keys? This is a common problem for KVM switches if you go beyond the devices' capability. As you can see, GCS62 is a PS/2 KVM switch and it was designed to work only using a regular PS/2 keyboard.
This KVM switch does not support PS/2 to USB adapter. It might work but it's not guaranteed to work correctly. This does not work properly if you have a docking station for the laptop. It might work for couple of months then it would stop.
You smay isolate the problem by following the steps below:
1. Connect the keyboard directly to the computer to see if you will get the same problem.
2. Power cycle the KVM switch by disconnecting it from the computers and leave it unplugged for a minute or two.
3. Avoid using hybrid connection (PS/2 converted to USB) only for testing purposes.
4. If that work, then you know the answer is that this KVM only designed an work correctly with native PS/2 connection.
I occasionally have a similar problem with a couple of my KVM?s and I think it relates to the circuitry in the KVM that is supposed to fool the PC into thinking a mouse/keyboard is attached. Windows doesn?t see the mouse so it doesn?t load the drivers unless you force it.
What works for me is to just start the PC and switch the KVM to that PCs port and leave it there till the computer finishes booting. Then its safe to switch to the other port, probably not the elegant solution you were looking for but it works every time.