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KVM switch for PC, Linux, and iBook?

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I'm looking for a KVM switch that will work with Win2k, Red Hat 8.0, and Mac OSX.2.  Is that even possible?
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by:PsiCop
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KVM switches operate at the HARDWARE level. The OS is pretty much irrelevant. As long as the KVM switches support the hardware in use, yes, its possible.
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by:XtinaShaolin
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Thanks for helping me to refine my question!  You're right, the OS is irrelevant.  Yet, a Zonet KVM product listed Windows and Linux as being supported configurations.  I'd ideally like my iBook to be on this, as well, so I was curious if... hmm.  If it's possible to hook an iBook up to a KVM switch.

I've not purchased one before, and I figure I can return things if they don't work, but best to ask first.
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by:PsiCop
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Zonet probably does that for bunnies who, unlike you, don't realize that its a hardware question much more than an OS question. Its almost like saying "This RAM SIMM is compatible with Linux!". Marketing fluff.

I'm not familiar with the interfaces on the iBook, so I can't tell you a yes or no. Perhaps another Expert will be. Also, you may wish to consider asking a Moderator to move this Question to the general Hardware TA (http://www.experts-exchange.com/Hardware/) - this TA is specifically for routers.
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by:XtinaShaolin
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Eep, my mistake - I saw routers and switches, and leapt.  :p
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My 6600 has a PS2 interface for the mouse and keyboard, but the video out needed an adapter to convert it (reasonably easy to obtain!). I'm pretty certain that the issue is the same for the iBook as well, and therefore a standard KVM will work for you.

Another option is a hardwaresolution such as this option from the VNC guys:

http://www.realvnc.com/products/KVM-via-IP/

This is probably too expensive for what you want, but it does provide some additional remote operation features in addition to what you have specified..and I thought that I'd add it in here just for the benefit of the PAQ:)

HTH:)
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by:pjedmond
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Just confirmed that for the G4 iBook you will need:

Apple VGA Display Adapter

...but apparently that is supplied with it.

HTH:)
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dan-g earned 20 total points
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Hello!

The restrictions on the KVM switch will depends on what you want to share:

- To share the video, the KVM (and your monitor) must be able to accept the video signals produced by your machines.  This shouldn't be a big problem if you are able to use one monitor on all of your machines (does the IBook have a 15-pin VGA connector or adaptor?  I'm no Mac expert....)

- keyboard/mouse, your machines must be able to all understand ONE of your keyboards/mice, unless you want to share the keyboard/mouse only to the Intel/AMD machines.  How many macs do you want to connect to the KVM?  Another solution available is to share the keyboard & mouse through USB to the machines.

Here's a link to KVM products from iogear: http://iogear.com/main.php?loc=productcategory&category=kvm

One of them seems to fit your bill, if you have a lot of computers to hook up: http://iogear.com/main.php?loc=product&Item=GCS1758

Does this answer your question?

Dan.
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by:XtinaShaolin
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Yep, thanks yall!
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