KVM for Mac G5 and Dell PC

Posted on 2007-08-08
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Last Modified: 2013-11-24
In my basement I have a Mac G5.  I have an LCD monitor hooked up to the Mac's DVI output.
On the floor directly above the basement, I have a Dell Dimension desktop.  I'd like to be able to switch my Dell monitor (VGA) and mouse so that I can run and view the G5 without having to go downstairs.

The KVM options out there are so vast, I'm not sure how much horsepower I need.

Your help is appreciated.
Question by:craigburnett
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Are they networked together?
Might be easier to use VNC, already built into some MAC OS's....

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Sharing Keyboards and Monitors Between Macs and PCs

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I do have the G5 on a network with the PC, yes.
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Eoin OSullivan earned 500 total points
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VNC is the way to go ... as long as they are both on a network (wireless or ethernet) .. at least this way you don't have to extra cables between the two.

On the G5, in the System Preferences, Sharing Pane, Enable Apple Remote Desktop and in the configuration options enter a VNC password.  
Then in the Network Pane, note down the IP address or name of the G5

Go upstairs to the Dell Desktop and install RealVNC Viewer (http://www.realvnc.com/cgi-bin/download.cgi) or TightVNC viewer (http://www.tightvnc.com/download.html) software ...
Open the Viewer and enter .... either the IP address .. or the name of the G5
The port will be 0 or 5900 depending on settings

Enter the VNC password you created and VOILA!! You'll have a full screen view of the G5 and cna do everything as if you were sitting in front of it.

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Holy Toledo!  That sounds wonderful!

Can't wait to get back home to try it...thanks!


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