KVM switch not working with VISTA

Discussion in 'Windows Vista General Discussion' started by daviddschool, May 10, 2009.

  1. daviddschool

    daviddschool Guest

    I am hoping there is a quick solution to this :

    I have a system running XP with a motherboard that has 1 X ps/2
    keyboard and 1 X ps/2 for the mouse.
    My vista machine has only one ps/2 (dual I am guessing).

    XP - 1 X ps2 mouse and 1 X ps2 keyboard
    Vista - 1 X dual ps/2 mouse/keyboard.

    So here is where the problem lies - with only one ps/2, I can only
    plug one of the ps/2 from the KVM into it. So I went and purchased a
    Ps/2-to-USB cord because therefore I could plug the 11mouse into the
    machine (the VISTA machine was using the dual ps/2 keyboard). But
    this doesn't work. It recognizes the keyboard running through the
    KVM, but not the mouse (running through the KVM, but with the addition
    of a ps2-to-usb.

    So as it stands, the KVM is running just the keyboard. I have had to
    resort to running a second mouse (with USB) into usb port in the VISTA
    machine for it to work.

    Any ideas why the MINI KVM or the VISTA machine is not recognizing the
    PS/2-to-USB cord?
    daviddschool, May 10, 2009
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  2. KVM's are kludgy iffy things in general unless you spring
    for a very high dollar one... Serial to USB "connectors" are also
    kludges... It's not at all surprising that they don't work. It can
    be anything from wrong signals to signals too low to driver problems...

    Luckily USB kvm's are pretty cheap these days, bite the
    bullet and go buy one... What you're seeing is a very common problem.
    the wharf rat, May 11, 2009
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  3. daviddschool

    daviddschool Guest

    Thanks for that. I will give this one to my dad.

    I am just hesitant because I am running the 2 X ps/2 on XP and the
    usb & ps2 on the VISTA. Are the newer models more able to handle this
    sort of thing?
    I couldn't find any drive for my MINI KVM, let alone the company that
    made it, so I am not sure if a driver will help.
    daviddschool, May 11, 2009

  4. I meant the usb/serial drivers on the hosts...

    It's best not to try and mix connections. Just use all usb.
    the wharf rat, May 11, 2009
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