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KVM Switch Setup Confusion

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#1 gmz


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Posted 18 August 2009 - 08:58 PM

I have a desktop (Dell Inspiron 530 with Vista and Word 2007), I have a laptop (Dell B130/1300 with XP and Word 2007), and now I have a work computer (HP Compaq with XP, Word 2003 Viewer and DocQscribe [a medical transcription program based on Word]). I also have a Starview 4 Port CVI USB KVM Switch so that I can run all 3 computers from 1 Keyboard, 1 Mouse, and 1 Printer. However, .................................... I am confused as to how to set these up. The instruction manual for the KVM switch talks about "slave computers" but don't I have to have a host computer to make the other computers the slaves?

The link to the instruction booklet for the Starview is http://www.startech.com/Data/ProductManuals/SV431DVIUA.pdf

If anyone can assist me in un-confusing me I would forever indebted to them.

My setup in my terms (I hope I am explaining this correctly) is: I want all 3 computers on my desk (a nice large teacher's desk). I want to use the 3 monitors but I only want to use 1 keyboard, 1 mouse, and 1 printer for all 3 systems.

Thank you in advance for any help and instructions that you can offer.

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#2 rigacci



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Posted 19 August 2009 - 03:53 PM

So really, all that you want to switch is the keyboard and mouse, no?

SOME KVM switches NEED to see a single monitor. Or actually, what I mean to say is that they need to "feel" a monitor INPUT from each machine.

Yours has switches, so you might be able to do this very easily.

Ignore the master and slave computer stuff. They are ALL slaves.

Just hook up the Mouse and Keyboard connections from each computer to each of the 3 inputs you will use and then plug in a single Mouse/Keyboard into the Console Connections.

Good luck.


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