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#1 adamxx


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Posted 20 February 2012 - 08:57 PM

I have two computers, one which I use (a WIN 7 machine) and the other, an XP machine, which I set up on home network but I turn this off becasue I rarely have to use this and it generates too much heat. I only have one monitor, keyboard and mouse. When I have to use the XP machine, I have to unplug my monitor, mouse and key board from my computer and connect to the XP machine to start it. Is there anyway I can boot it and start windows XP on that machine without connecting keyboard or mouse (or monitor), so that I can simply turn it on and it can appear in my network?



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Posted 20 February 2012 - 09:11 PM

unplug the keyboard after bootup should do the trick, or you could invest in something like this or perhaps another cheap keyboard.



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Posted 20 February 2012 - 09:15 PM

yes the computer will boot without the mouse and monitor. You may have to enter BIOS to change settings so it will continue to boot with no keyboard.
You will have to plug in the monitor to see what is going on. Once you have it booting without the mouse and keyboard, then unhook the monitor.

You can use software like VNC to log in remotely (i think you can use windows remote desktop connection also). I only mention VNC because i have used it before many moons ago. There may be better ways today.


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Posted 22 February 2012 - 10:24 PM

I use the KVM switch (keyboard, video, mouse) similar to the one the_patriot11 referenced. They work really well. I have one KVM switch (4 port) that I can control 4 computers with one mouse, keyboard, and monitor. To switch from one computer to another, I push a number key (i.e. 1 - corresponding to computer 1 of 4) and then hit the "scroll" button twice, rapidly. I don't think I could live without it.
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