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Old 08-30-2011, 11:42 AM   #1
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My current desktop involves a standard set up but I have 2 monitors. I also have a laptop that sits on my desk. Would it be possible to use a KVM Switch to toggle between my desktop and laptop while using a 2 monitor set up and utilize the same mouse/keyboard for desktop and laptop?

To get more complicated, can I run a 3rd, separate monitor for just laptop use while using the original 2 desktop monitors just for the desktop?

So, the goal would be: 1 keyboard, 1 mouse, 3 monitors. 2 monitors dedicated to the desktop, 1 monitor dedicated to the laptop. I assume a KVM switch to toggle the keyboard/mouse between the desktop and laptop.

My laptop has 1 monitor port on the back, and my desktop has 2. Mouse and keyboard are both USB.

Any help or input would be greatly appreciated.
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Old 08-30-2011, 12:48 PM   #2
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If I am understanding this correctly, yes it is possible. We did the same thing here at my job where an employee had to use 2 computers. One had a double monitor setup, while the other had 1 monitor. You will just want to make sure you have 1 video port open on the desktop (usually VGA, but there are DVI and HDMI ones available) and the laptop port open as well.
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Old 08-30-2011, 02:23 PM   #3
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It sounds like you're just needing the KVM switch for the mouse and keyboard, in which case yes it's definitely possible. Just run the monitors as you describe, connecting them to the desktop / laptop, then connect up the mouse and keyboard to the KVM switch. Should be as easy as that!
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Old 08-30-2011, 02:59 PM   #4
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wow!! I think it really might be that simple. I might have been making it more complicated than necessary.

I do not need my monitors to switch it's display, as is needed for most people using a kvm set up. I guess (as you were smart enough to point out) what I just really need is for the mouse/keyboard to switch.

I appreciate all the help and input. I'll be sure to post back if I can get it working, going to do some local store searching for a switch, if not i'll hit up newegg.
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Newegg.com - IOGEAR GCS22u 2-Port USB KVM Switch w/built-in cables

I can vouch for this specific one, as it is the exact model we used for this scenario. It has a VGA port to share a monitor but if you dont use it, you are only sharing the keyboard and mouse, so it is perfect for what you want.
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Old 08-30-2011, 10:59 PM   #6
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thanks! looks great! going to ordered very soon!!!

once again, thanks for all the help!
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Old 08-31-2011, 02:35 AM   #7
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Or, if you use the systems next to each other, there's a free solution. I use it every day without any problems.

Input Director - Software KVM to Control Multiple Computers

Lets you use one mouse/KB across as many computers as you configure it for.
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wow. that's amazing stuff. i have some time before work and am going to give Input Director a try. It's exactly what I want. Thanks!
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