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#1 salshroom

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Posted 04 April 2005 - 07:22 PM

I am enjoying a new game right now, but i have ran into a problem. I have 4 machines I am currently using for this game. On 3 of the 4 machines I want to use 1 keyboard and 1 mouse to control the 3 comptuer games simultaneously. IE 1 keystroke or mouse movement will work on those 3 at the same time, instead of using 3 keyboards and 3 mice at 3 separate times. Anyways i can do this? I looked into KVM boxes, but u can only do something on one then switch to next and next again. The reason i want to us 1 keyboard or mouse is becuase timing is very critical in MMORPGs as most of you know. Any way i can make this work or any ideas? Thanks for your time.

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#2 salshroom

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Posted 04 April 2005 - 08:41 PM

please help me :thumbsup: i see 11 views but no posts other then this one.

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Posted 04 April 2005 - 11:40 PM

Members are reading it, but no one has a solution.
I am not sure what you are wanting. You have three computers playing on-line; are you playing the same character or three separate ones? If the latter, what kind of keystroke would serve all three?
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#4 salshroom

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Posted 05 April 2005 - 12:42 AM

close but not exactly. and sorry about the 2nd post from myself, jsut have hard a VERY hard time finding an answer let alone any help on this subject. i want to play 3 computers each have their own separate character on it. i want all 3 of the different characters to perform the same action simultaneosly. let me know if you need more information or i need to explain it in another way. thanks so much for a response
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Posted 05 April 2005 - 01:02 AM

I know I'm going to regret this but...

There are two ways I can imagine you could do it but i've no idea whether either of them would work in practice:

1. Buy six ps/2 extension cables, cut the plug off your keyboard and mouse, then get out your soldering iron and make up a pair of three way ps/2 splitter cable. Check the keyboard and mouse cable specs and only connect the 5v from one PC might be a precaution.

2. Buy three wireless keyboards/mice and see if you can get the one keyboard/mouse to connect to all three machines. I don't like your chances.

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#6 salshroom

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Posted 05 April 2005 - 12:57 PM

i have read that if you use the same exact product of wireless mouse nad keyboard it could work. in that case i just happen to have 3 microsoft case's of keybaord and mouse.

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Posted 05 April 2005 - 09:16 PM

I am not sure what same actions you want to have each character do, but perhaps another solution, if the game allows it, is to use the same Macro on each machine.
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Posted 06 April 2005 - 12:10 AM

Well the game has a hotbar that has your spells or specific actions on it. You can click with the mouse on the spell/action to perform it, or you can keystroke number(s) 1-0 <1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,0>. I have the hot bars of all 3 of same kind of characters setup exactly the same, I.E. hot bar key 1/ number 1 is a magic shield to negate partial damage through a melee attack on all of the three characters. My goal/idea is to use one keyboard and mouse so, i can hit hot bar key 1 / number 1 to perform the spell on all 3 characters to cast my magic shield damage dampening spell at the same exact time. Which would save me from having to do the spell on each character one at a time throught their own keyboard and mouse. Not sure how else i can describe it but i hope you can picture my idea in your imagination. If need be i can send you a private message of some sort with a game screen shot and draw a mini diagram/description of my goal. Thanks again for taking the time out to help me.
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Posted 06 April 2005 - 07:41 AM

there is actually cables that are made to do just this sort of thing however i've never seen a 3 split one.
Your best bet is go to a Computer Expo and look around there. you never know what you'll find only thing is becareful. there is nothing saying they can't sell you a product that doesn't work if you know nothing about computers.

I often see a IDE cable with 8 connections yet 1 IDE Channel can only handle 2. its very easy to make a cable look like it will do the job your unknowing/unsuspecting consumer wants.

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Posted 06 April 2005 - 12:22 PM

yea i am aware about computer shows, althoguh thanks for the information. still looking to go wireless : (

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Posted 18 April 2005 - 05:02 AM

Anyone who found a solution to this problem?

I tried to manually split a PS/2 cable, had two old keybords....well...it didn't work too good. Seems to work first, but after 10seconds hell broke loose. COmputer starts beeping and everything just crashed ;)

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