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I have several UnixWare boxes and a SUN Solaris box sharing a Compaq KVM switch.  A standard PC keyboard, mouse, and monitor are used as the interface.  The SUN box has an adaptor to feed from it's keyboard/mouse port into the KVM.  The KVM utilizes the 'print screen' key to bring up the system menu at which point I can choose which system to interface to.  The problem is when I interface to the SUN box, the print screen key doesn't seem to trigger the KVM switch, and so I can't activate the KVM menu.  It seems to be that Solaris doesn't properly map or recognize the print-screen key on the standard PC keyboard.  Any suggestions are welcome.
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This isn't a problem with the Solaris box, but rather it is a problem with the KVM. All multi-platform KVM's that I've seen require you to tell the KVM what is hooked to a given port so that it can adjust the keymap & mouse to be compatible with that platform. Since the keymapping for a SPARC system is different from that for a PC the KVM must do the translation. It sound to me like your KVM isn't doing it quite right on the SPARC selection in that it is looking for a PC keycode for the Print Screen key and it has already changed that to be the code a Sun would have for that key.
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