I have two pcs attached to this switch but the kvm switch will not work properly on one of them at boot time, the light comes up when i press and i can see windows starting on the screen but the mouse and keyboard are unresponsive), i am forced to disconnect all usb devices includng the kvm then keep re-inserting the kvm into various usb ports until eventually the pc picks it up, i can then re-attach all other usb devices without a problem.
i have tried booting up with just the kvm as the only usb device attached and still the same problem. i have had two OS systems running with this pc XP and Vista and exactly the same problem occurs.. I have a feeling that the problem might be with the motherboard and addressing?? can anyone help???
Thanks tomj23 but i had already tried that, sometimes it would work fine 3 times in a row then stop, sometimes i would only need to take the kwm usb cable out and back in once to work, other times i would have to detach all usb devices and try about 4 or five different connections. i would even get any system sounds or messages saying new device found or disconnected!"£$%^&*
Saying this i have found a solution for now, the mouse i was using was a Labtec usb interface which had a serial adapter to connect to the kvm. i switched this for an MS mouse with plain serial connector and i havent had the problem since. 10+ boots and counting.
can't test with any other mice as this is all i have.
happy for now anyway even though i'm back to my old rollerball mouse, have to give it a good scrub.
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Re: Not running on startup
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.
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it has been some time since i used this particular kvm. one thing is true about all kvm's, you must boot each computer one at a time and each computer must be active on your monitor. so, turn off both computers and attach your kvm. turn on the computer that is attached to side A or 1. when the computer has reached the login screen you may boot up computer 2. check the documentation that came with your kvm, this particular belkin has a 3 stroke hot key sequence for switching. you can also find it online at the belkin site.
test both machines one at a time on the monitor without the kvm switch then hook up the kvm switch to machine A if all works well power off then hook up machine B and see what happens, it maybe that the switch is set to the other pc than the one you want to use first so the screen stays black untill its switched over
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.
It seems that you KVM switch is not working properly. computers connected to a KVM switch are not dependent to each other. you should be able to work on any of your computers while the others were turned off.
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.
There was problem at one time with IOGear KVMs not working correctly with the USB chipset on the Dell motherboards. This problem was resolved by using a USB hub between the KVM cable and the computer. The user could take the USB portion of the KVM cable and plug it into a USB hub and then take the USB hub and plug it into the Dell computer. That should help with the problem.