two keyboards with tha same computer

Posted on 1998-07-18
Last Modified: 2010-05-18
Is it possible to use two keyboards with the same
computer ? If so how ?

Any opinion ?

Question by:Levente
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Expert Comment

ID: 1137489
You can buy switch boxes for keyboards. I have one that has inputs for the keyboard and for monitors. I use mine to have one keyboard shared between two machines, but there is no reason it couldn't be used to hook up two keyboards. Is this what you mean or did you want to use both at the same time?
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Expert Comment

ID: 1137490
A computer running UNIX (or LINUX) is an example
of one-computer-with-many-keyboards-and-displays.

Why do you want an additional keyboard?

Accepted Solution

joopv earned 100 total points
ID: 1137491
Yes, it is possible to use 2 keyboards on one system.

I use this regularly on a compaq laptop, and it works.  The keyboards are synchronous, if you press caps-lock then both caps-lock lights are switched on.

This laptop is specially designed for this kind of usage, but other systems may work as well if you connect a ps/2 keyboard (with the small mini-din connector) on a ps/2 mouse port.

If you want to connect a mouse also, you need a serial mouse.


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Author Comment

ID: 1137492

Thanx for your answer. Is it really that easy to use the second keyboard at the same time as to plug it into a ps/2 port !?! In case of a desktop computer do I need any other special hardware or software for the second keyboard ?


Expert Comment

ID: 1137493
You might be able to use a Y connector and take out the timing chip in the second keyboard, but i am not sure this will work, i just think i remembered something like that.

Author Comment

ID: 1137494

Thanx for your hint. I'll give it a try,


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