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    Hey Mr or Mrs Computer Whiz...

    Two PC desktop towers...one running windows, the other Linux. Both have their own keyboard, mouse and monitor and I'm wondering if there is a KVM type switch to avoid the dual keyboard & mouse? I'm not after what would be accomplished by dual-booting, I would like both set-ups running simultaneously with only one keyboard and one mouse, if that makes my thought any clearer.

    Am I just chasing my tail, or is there a chance I'll catch it?

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    I've got one I'll sell cheap.
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    There are a lot of options for this Ken. But, they're not a one size fits all. You'll need to consider...

    - PS/2 or USB for Mouse and keyboard. Are you using wireless mice and keyboards? If so, that will limit the compatibility.
    - Video connection of the computer and monitor. DVI, VGA, HDMI, etc.
    - Video resolution needed. Not all KVM switches support higher resolutions.
    - Would you prefer a push button selection of PC or keyboard hot key?

    Ultimately, there's always potential of an incompatibility. Variations in BIOS's and 5VSB power for USB and PS/2 can affect how the KVM switch operates.

    I'd certainly be willing to assist further.

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    Thanks guys, I can almost taste the tail hair

    I'm using all USB wired. Can do video in any configuration. Monitors are currently set at 1024x768, both are limited at 1440x900{both 3yr old 20"s}. Switching no preference.

    Any thoughts on what to give a look-see at?
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    Probably overkill for what you want, but this is what I use.

    I have 4 pc's connected to it and it works great. I think the have ones with fewer ports that are a bit cheaper.

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    I missed a question. Dual monitor output? As in, two monitor output from each computer?

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    Looks like you're in good hands. The one I was going to sell has somehow escaped my search for it. As a practical matter then, it turns out I don't have one to sell.
    Good luck.

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    If you're okay with VGA (analog) graphics, This all-in-one is a decent bet and is fairly cheap. I've owned a similar one and cable management leaves a lot to be desired. Otherwise, it's a fully functional device.

    For DVI, the price goes up, of course. Here's the two port version of the one Brent has. There are cheaper options but I wouldn't recommend them.

    Dual Monitor?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Matt Warfield View Post
    I missed a question. Dual monitor output? As in, two monitor output from each computer?
    ^ Nope, one from each.

    Thanks Brent, hoping for something much cheaper

    Thanks just the same Scott, I appreciated the offer


    And thanks again guys, glad it's something possible for this noob_nerd to check into.
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    If you don't want to use the both monitors on each, there is a "free" solution to use one keyboard/mouse with multiple computers....

    http://synergy-project.org/
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