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
Welcome to Experts Exchange

Add your voice to the tech community where 5M+ people just like you are talking about what matters.

  • Help others & share knowledge
  • Earn cash & points
  • Learn & ask questions

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?
LVL 12

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.


Three Reasons Why Backup is Strategic

Backup is strategic to your business because your data is strategic to your business. Without backup, your business will fail. This white paper explains why it is vital for you to design and immediately execute a backup strategy to protect 100 percent of your data.


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,


Featured Post

Online Training Solution

Drastically shorten your training time with WalkMe's advanced online training solution that Guides your trainees to action. Forget about retraining and skyrocket knowledge retention rates.

Question has a verified solution.

If you are experiencing a similar issue, please ask a related question

Suggested Solutions

Title # Comments Views Activity
Issues cloning my HDD to SSD 12 111
best recommendation for a hardware diagnostic tool 7 110
Looking for a laptop computer  that match my needs 5 54
Uniden UDW20055 3 77
We recently endured a series of broadcast storms that caused our ISP to shut us down for brief periods of time. After going through a multitude of tests, we determined that the issue was related to Intel NIC drivers on some new HP desktop computers …
In the modern office, employees tend to move around the workplace a lot more freely. Conferences, collaborative groups, flexible seating and working from home require a new level of mobility. Technology has not only changed the behavior and the expe…
The Email Laundry PDF encryption service allows companies to send confidential encrypted  emails to anybody. The PDF document can also contain attachments that are embedded in the encrypted PDF. The password is randomly generated by The Email Laundr…
Are you ready to implement Active Directory best practices without reading 300+ pages? You're in luck. In this webinar hosted by Skyport Systems, you gain insight into Microsoft's latest comprehensive guide, with tips on the best and easiest way…

726 members asked questions and received personalized solutions in the past 7 days.

Join the community of 500,000 technology professionals and ask your questions.

Join & Ask a Question