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Control 2nd PC from first - on a network

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#1 makecoldplayhistory


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Posted 13 October 2010 - 07:01 AM

I'd like to use a 2nd computer, added to my router and controlled from my main PC.

My main PC's quite power hungry and noisy. The 2nd is an underclocked dual core - to be used for storage and torrenting.

My main PC has dual monitors and I don't want to lose one monitor for the other PC.

I have Win 7 Ultimate on my main PC and would be able to install it on the other. I also have a copy of XP (if that's easier for some reason) and would be more than happy to use a Linux distro on the 2nd PC if, again, there's a good reason for it.

The main reason for needed to control the 2nd machine is to access files and to add / remove torrents.

I went to a kind fo helpful PC shop today. They had a KVM (I think) switch that could use one monitor for both PCs. That HAD to have the mouse and keyboard running through it as it was a hotkey that changed which PC was using the screen. The problem there was the PS2 mouse/keyboard plugs and I have USB connections.

Many thanks,


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#2 cryptodan


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Posted 13 October 2010 - 12:01 PM

WOuld you be wanting to use this machine as an actual desktop or as a server?

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Posted 14 October 2010 - 11:32 AM

Why not some remote control software like Real VNC? Its free for XP but the free version wont work on 7. You can buy the Personal edition for $30. Or use Remote Desktop on both if they are both Windows. Real VNC will work on Linux but it more involved to setup.

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