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Windows 7: USB Keyboard Switch

27 Oct 2017   #1
anjou2

Win 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 
USB Keyboard Switch

Is it possible to use one USB keyboard to control two PCs with some sort of manual switch.


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27 Oct 2017   #2
Lady Fitzgerald

Win 7 Ultimate 64 bit
 
 

You would need a KVM switch, something like this one.

Disclaimer: I've never used this one (or any other KVM switch) but it gets decent reviews and is reasonably priced.
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27 Oct 2017   #3
anjou2

Win 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

Thanks LF, looks the business, not sure about the health risk??
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27 Oct 2017   #4
mrjimphelps

Linux Mint 18.2 xfce 64-bit (VMWare host) / Windows 8.1 Pro 32-bit (VMWare guest)
 
 

What do you mean, "health risk"? There is no health risk from using this device.
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27 Oct 2017   #5
Lady Fitzgerald

Win 7 Ultimate 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by mrjimphelps View Post
What do you mean, "health risk"? There is no health risk from using this device.
If you go to the Newegg listing I linked, you will see this warning:

WARNING: This product can expose you to chemicals including one or more listed chemicals which are known to the State of California to cause cancer or birth defects or other reproductive harm. For more information, go to Proposition 65 Warnings Website - Your right to know

California is notorious for "excessive concern" about dangers from chemicals used in various plastics, etc. These warnings for even the most infinitesimal risks have rendered those warnings pretty much useless since there is no degree of risk indicated in the warning. Now, if you are going to spend several months chewing on the darned thing all day long, you just might expose yourself to some danger (though the danger of being locked up in a Psych ward for being off your rocker for chewing on it would be greater).
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27 Oct 2017   #6
mrjimphelps

Linux Mint 18.2 xfce 64-bit (VMWare host) / Windows 8.1 Pro 32-bit (VMWare guest)
 
 

I see what you're saying. Well, if you live in California and use this product, you could put on rubber gloves every time you are going to touch it. Or put a few pieces of scotch tape on the button; that should protect you satisfactorily, as long as you were wearing rubber gloves when you hooked it up.

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27 Oct 2017   #7
Lady Fitzgerald

Win 7 Ultimate 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by mrjimphelps View Post
I see what you're saying. Well, if you live in California and use this product, you could put on rubber gloves every time you are going to touch it. Or put a few pieces of scotch tape on the button; that should protect you satisfactorily, as long as you were wearing rubber gloves when you hooked it up.

Both of you (and the State of Paranoia California) are blowing that absurd warning out of proportion.
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27 Oct 2017   #8
mrjimphelps

Linux Mint 18.2 xfce 64-bit (VMWare host) / Windows 8.1 Pro 32-bit (VMWare guest)
 
 

Apparently you didn't detect my sarcasm. I figured the rolling eyes would tip you off.
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27 Oct 2017   #9
mrjimphelps

Linux Mint 18.2 xfce 64-bit (VMWare host) / Windows 8.1 Pro 32-bit (VMWare guest)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Lady Fitzgerald View Post
Both of you (and the State of Paranoia California) are blowing that absurd warning out of proportion.
Speaking of California, I read an article a while back which told of Los Angeles County school district sending techs all over the school district and opening computers, so that they could cover the "master/slave" labeling on the motherboards! I can only imagine the amount of money that was spent on that project, not only to send techs around to "relabel" the motherboards, but also to repair any damage that resulted from that effort. (When you are opening that many computers, damage is likely to result here and there.)

The only smart way to implement something like that would be to make all future purchases conform to those requirements, rather than trying to "fix" what they already have. In fact, they are now moving in that direction.

I can't find the original article; but here is the second article:

http://www.cnn.com/2003/TECH/ptech/1...ter.term.reut/
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29 Oct 2017   #10
cornemuse

Windows 7 Home Premium bit
 
 

Dont forget a respirator & UV protection for the eyes, , , ,

"Welcome to Planet California, violators will be prosuceted, , , , ,"
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