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Windows 7: Two keyboards, one computer?

12 Nov 2009   #1
labecs

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Two keyboards, one computer?

It's the first time I've had to consider this, but I need to have two keyboards connected to the computer. I need one for certain jobs and another one for others. Is it possible? Does Win 7 have a setting that would allow 2 keyboards at the same time?


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12 Nov 2009   #2
zigzag3143

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by labecs View Post
It's the first time I've had to consider this, but I need to have two keyboards connected to the computer. I need one for certain jobs and another one for others. Is it possible? Does Win 7 have a setting that would allow 2 keyboards at the same time?
doubt it could you tell us more about the apps you need to use different keyboards?

Thanks

Ken J
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12 Nov 2009   #3
Parker

Windows 7 x64 Ultimate
 
 

I would of thought it's just like having a 2 mice (or mouses? I dunno :P) plugged in where you can use both at same time.
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12 Nov 2009   #4
DocBrown

Win7 Enterprise, Win7 x86 (Ult 7600), Win7 x64 Ult 7600, TechNet RTM on AMD x64 (2.8Ghz)
 
 

2 way Keyboard switch box


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12 Nov 2009   #5
zigzag3143

Win 8 Release candidate 8400
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Parker View Post
I would of thought it's just like having a 2 mice (or mouses? I dunno :P) plugged in where you can use both at same time.
Parker you may be right. I was thinking about it after I posted. If there are two seperate drivers, keyboards, etc.

Might work I should have thought it thru.

Ken J
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12 Nov 2009   #6
Kencelot

W7 x64 Ultimate
 
 

I would say yes, but only one can be used at a time.

While I was struggling to fix my Saitek Gamers keyboard (USB) with Win 7, I also had a Logitech (PS2) plugged in. After fixing the Saitek one, I kept the other plugged in for just-in-case.
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13 Nov 2009   #7
labecs

Windows 7
 
 

Yeah, it sounds strange, but I need to us a keyboard with special characters for some jobs, but I didn't want to have to be switching all the time. I tried to plug them in together, but the new one won't work while the other one is plugged in. Oh, well, I'll work harder and switch them around I guess.
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13 Nov 2009   #8
carioca

Win 7 Ultimate 64-bit, Win7 N 32-bit, WHS
 
 

I found that two keyboards work just fine, and you can switch from one to the other at will!

This is how I found out: my Targus USB hub with all the Logitech kbd and mouse dongles failed the other day. I attached a PS2 keyboard and mouse to get the dual-boot PC start on the right foot, as it were... After finding what the problem was, I stuck thye Bluetooth/wireless dongles into the ports on the machine itself, and did not initially remove the PS/2 cables.

I was then able to use either keyboard and mouse at will, even to the point of using the PS/2 keyboard and the wireless mouse, and vice-versa... Obviously, they have different drivers!

Cheers,

LMH
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29 May 2013   #9
DIYSam

Windows 7 Professional 64-bit
 
 
2 keyboards, 1 computer?

Although the above posts were written 4 years ago, carioca's seems to be exactly what I was searching for. I have a wired keyboard and mouse connected to my desktop pc, and the pc connected (wired) to an HDTV about 20 feet away. The TV has inputs specifically to connect a pc and recognizes the PC in its menu of connected devices, essentially turning the HDTV into a second/clone monitor. However, it's inconvenient to have to go back to the keyboard to navigate using the pc monitor when viewing on the TV. I would like to connect a second wireless keyboard that could be used while sitting closer to the TV while the wired keyboard is also active/functional at the pc. I am looking closely at the SMK-Link Wireless Ultra-Mini Touchpad Keyboard (Wireless keyboard | Ultra-Mini Touchpad Keyboard | PC & Mac | SMK-Link). I've also researched full-size wireless keyboards with touchpads but have not found one that gets good reviews on distance/range like this one does.

Is carioca's experience the exception to the rule, or can I spend the money on this wireless keyboard with confidence that the setup should work? If there's anything in the Windows 7 programming that would cause the simultaneous connection of 2 keyboards to result in a hardware/device conflict I would think it wouldn't have worked for carioca...

If anyone has learned more about this in the last 4 years since the prevous posts, I'd very much appreciate hearing about it.
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29 May 2013   #10
Comp Cmndo

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

Laptops all have fixed keyboards & adding a wireless keyboard works; both keyboards remain active. No different for a desktop.
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