Iogear MiniView Micro USB Plus KVM Switch (GCS632U) Problem
I believe that I'm having a problem with this particular KVM switch. Iinstalled it several days ago so I can use two desktop machines. Theswitch works fine, BUT for some reason, every few minutes, the video onthe monitor drops out for a few seconds. Usually, it comes right backup, but on a few occasions, I've had to hit the power button on themonitor to get the switch to respond.
Here are the details about the computers and peripherals:
Computer#1 - A homebuilt machine running Microsoft Windows XP ProfessionalVersion 2002 SP3, 2.2 GHz Intel Celeron with 2 GB RAM.
Computer #2 - An eMachines T6212 running Microsoft Windows XP Home Version 2002 SP2, 2.0 GHz AMD Athlon 64 3200+ with 2 GB RAM.
Keyboard - Hewlett Packard RT2856TW, PS/2 Keyboard connected to the switch with a PS/2-to-USB adaptor
Theonly thing I can think of is that the PS/2-to-USB adaptor is causingthe problem. I have a USB keyboard that I have not tried with theswitch yet, but I'm hard-pressed to believe that a keyboard could causea video dropout. Then again, stranger things have happened.
I'velooked all over the Internet to see if anyone has had a similarproblem, but I haven't had any luck finding anything. I can say this,though--the Belkin KVM switch that I previously used with this verysame equipment did not give me this problem. But I had to replace itbecause of a different problem.
Re: Iogear MiniView Micro USB Plus KVM Switch (GCS632U)...
The GCS632U does not have any form of display emulation which may cause video problems if the boot up is not done right. What IOGear recommends is when booting up a computer the KVM should stay on that computer until it comes to a desktop. What this does is it allow the KVM to pass the EDID information from the monitor to computer and that should help.
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the GCS632U has keyboard and mouse emulation that may not function correctly with docking stations. To ensure the KVM it self is working correctly I would suggest plugging the single USB from the KVM directly into the laptop and see if you have the same keyboard problem. This will at least tell you if the KVM is working properly or not.
GCS632U is designed to work with standard USB keyboard an mouse only. You have to make sure that you are not using any type of adapter such as PS/2 to USB adapter. To further isolate the problem, please follow the steps below:
1. Connect the USB keybord directly to th computer to make sure that the keyboard is working properly.
2. Make sure that the keyboard is connected to the keyboard port on your KVM switch. You may take a look under neath this GCS632U (near the USB ports) and you will see an icon where to connect the keyboar and mouse.
3. If you're still gettings the same problem, Try power cycling this kvm switch by disconnecting if from the computers and disconnect also the keyboard and mouse from the KVM switch and leave them disconnected for a minute or two.
4. Reconnect everything after two minutes and then reboot the two computers.
5. If same problem exist, try using different USB keyboard.
NOTE: This KVM swith does not work correctly with wireless, gaming and smart keyboards because it's designed to work with standrd USB keyboard only.
jerk_shop is correct, the GCS632U does get the power it needs to function from the USB ports of the computers it is attached to. Make sure the USB portion of the KVM cable is plugged directly into a computer without the use of any USB to PS/2 adapters. You will also want to make sure that at least one computer is turned in order for this KVM to function.
Operating System doesn't deal anything on your problem. The problem depends on the brand of you computers or the type of keyboard you are using.
The GCS632U is designed to work with standard USB keyboard and mouse only. And wireless and gaming keyboards and mice are not guaranteed to work correctly with this KVM switch. If any one of you is using the new Mac Aluminum keyboard, this keyboard will not work with the older version of the GCS632U. But IOGEAR releases a new batch of GCS632U that would work with the Apple Aluminum keyboard.
If you have an Apple Aluminum keyboard that does not work with the GCS632U, you may contact the IOGEAR Tech support and they will process a Return Merchandize Authorization (RMA) if your device is still under the warranty period.
To resolve your keyboard issue, try to power cycle the KVM switch by disconnecting it from the computers, disconnect also the keyboard and mouse from the KVM switch. Leave it disconnected for two minutes. After two minutes, reconnect everything and reboot the computers.