KVM Switch Mouse Port and Vista Business

Discussion in 'Windows Vista Hardware' started by Howard, Apr 28, 2007.

  1. Howard

    Howard Guest

    I am using a KVM switch for my Vista Business computer and my former XP SP2
    computer as not all of the devices were compatable. I am not able to get my
    USB mouse to work with both computers. I am using an adapter to change the
    usb to a ps2 access for the KVM swithch. Has anyone experienced this
    difficulty and if so, how do you correct. Is this a Vista bug. At this time
    my work around is using two mouses.
    Howard, Apr 28, 2007
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    Malke Guest

    All I can tell you is this behavior happens with some mice, some
    computers, some operating systems, and some KVM's. For instance,
    occasionally I run across a client's machine (usually a Dell for some
    reason) that won't play nice with my older KVM. I just use a
    mouse/keyboard connected directly in that case. I had a machine running
    SUSE/KDE and KDE would go crazy every time I switched back and forth -
    solution was to use a separate mouse, the keyboard through the KVM was
    fine. My experience with usb-ps/2 adapters to KVM switches is that they
    don't work very well. Either use an older mouse that is natively ps/2 or
    get a KVM that supports usb mice.

    Sorry not to have a more definitive answer for you, but that's my
    experience with KVM's. It isn't necessarily a Vista issue although as I
    said above, whatever window manager (or gui in Vista's case) you are
    using may also play a part.

    Malke, Apr 28, 2007
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    Steve Urbach Guest

    Just so I have this right.

    1) USB Mouse
    2) Both computers PS/2
    3) Using a PS/2 version of KVM

    I am running 2 complete 4 port combinations of the above. with
    multiple, different O/S on the computers.

    One KVM is a Airlink "slim" 4-port. This one is very touchy and
    *may*fail to respond (switch, Button or Keyboard) if I include a
    adapter to allow PS/2 devices to be used on a USB only laptop.
    Note I said MAY. Sometimes it works great.

    I have tried using a optional external power adapter. It does not
    seem to matter if 1 or All ports are connected to powered PC's.
    The KVM uses "custom" detachable cables (one connector at KVM and
    standard ends at PC)

    The other 4 port KVM is blue with2 sets of port connectors coming off
    each side and the KVM connected to one end (the other end has a
    optional power connection). There is a button in the middle.
    I have seen this unit under many branding's. It was not expensive, it
    is SOLID in operation with any combination of PS/2 devices and
    adapters. It uses common cables with Male 15pin and PS/2 (DIN) at both
    My suggestion is replace (different brand, borrow for the test) the
    USB mouse. If that works, you know what to do <G> .

    If that other computer is XP PRO, forget the KVM, Just use Remote
    Desktop Connection from Vista to the XP machine (It works the other
    way also, but you probably have the hottest hardware on the Vista box,
    so why not use it). You might have to fight Norton's firewall to get
    RDC to run (if you have that bloating your machine).
    Steve Urbach, Apr 28, 2007
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    Rick Rogers Guest


    Some USB mice will not accept the converter to a PS/2 port (even though they
    Rick Rogers, Apr 28, 2007
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    kentsyl Guest

    kentsyl, Apr 29, 2007
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