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Just hooked up the KVM cable and when I switch to the second computer, the mouse and keyboard do not work. Can someone help me with this?

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Sounds like there's a bad connection on the second computer, may just have to plug another mouse/keyboard in.
(I sometimes use a wireless usb keyboard/mouse combo)

Posted on Jul 03, 2010

  • gregwax Jun 10, 2011

    I had same issue.

    Sometimes you have to wait a few minutes for the OS to discover the USB keyboard and mouse. I have had to wait up to 2 minutes. You will see the keyboard NumLock lightup when it get scaned.

    If this is the first time you used the KVM switch you might have to configure the PC to use the USB keyboard and mouse instead of the PS/2 plugs. Directly hook up the keyboard/mouse to the PC and boot without the KVM switch and confirm that your PC recognizes the USB devices. Once successful tehn hookup up the KVM and give it a try.

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