2 people on one pc

Posted on 2007-10-16
Last Modified: 2010-04-26
hi team,

a question: Is it possible to connect 2 keybords,2 screens and two mouse pads on one single PC? inorder for 2 people to work each on different applications on one pc?
maybe with a USB hub or something?

Question by:khaled22
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    Not possible.
    What exactly are you trying to do?
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    Unfortunately, I know of none without using another PC, and it sounds like it would defeat your objective to buy another one.

    There are many solutions for running multiple PCs and even multiple platforms from one KB/Mouse with multiple or a single monitor, but nothing really comes up doing it the other way around.

    The problem is handling the different inputs and recognizing them under different accounts through the same logical console.
    Is this XP?
    XP allows for fast user switching because it does not allow for more than one account to be logged on from the console at the same time. 3rd party hardware and software would be required and even than, you are looking at 2 logged in at a time on an XP machine.

    I may be off on my info, but that is how it was explained to me.
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    Unless the 3rd party software allows multiple connections, as XP natively only allows for 2 (one from the console and one remotely).

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    IT is impossible but I will tell you a solution that works with me and can fit you needs:
    -Use window server 2003 on the target PC
    -Configure Remote Desktop Connection to allow The second PC to connect to Target PC (Must be in LAN).
    -Then you can Connect from Second PC to Target PC and using it while the other user using Target PC indeed at the same time.

    If you are interested in what I am talking about Accept it as an answer and I will tell you how to do that in details.

    Cheers ;)
    Have a nice day
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    The easiest way is foldershare.
    Or, you can use a Ethernet Crossover cable to connect the two over a network.

    Using two computers you can network them together then share files games programs to each other.
     if your in the same house then you can both work on the same project once its shared.
    All you need is either an ethernet cable and a network card on each.
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    Shadi-Elwan, Merete,
    khaled22, is looking for a single pc solution.

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    Read this
    Turn One PC Into Two
    Applica Multimedia card lets two users work on one system.
    Mark Brownstein, special to PC World
    Tuesday, August 10, 1999 12:00 AM PDT

    Applica has put a whole new twist on networking. The company, a division of Concurrent Controls, is shipping a new board that essentially adds a PC to your current PC.

    The Applica Multimedia card is a PCI card that plugs into your PC and uses the PC's memory, CPU, and installed drives and peripherals to create a second PC. Although the necessary "intelligence" is already in your computer, the Applica Multimedia card does almost everything else that is required of a stand-alone system. The $279 card is available directly from the company.

    The Applica Multimedia card provides the video, audio, mouse, and keyboard support circuitry that you need to run this "second" networked computer. The card features a high performance graphic processor with 8MB of memory, an integrated sound card, and both SVGA and television output connections.

    To add another PC, you need only add a keyboard, mouse, speakers, and connection to a television set or computer monitor. The networked PC has full access to file sharing, printer sharing, Internet connection sharing, and other network capabilities.

    "Many people have an old 386 or 486 computer sitting around the house," says Dawn DeBruyn, president of Applica, a division of Concurrent Controls. "In 99 percent of these cases, they can take the monitor and keyboard and use that" with the Applica Multimedia card, DeBruyn says. All that's needed to turn the Applica Multimedia card into a second multimedia PC is a pair of speakers and a microphone

    Faster than Some Nets

    The Applica Multimedia differs in an important way from most home and small networking products because it does not use the much slower Ethernet or other serial methods used to connect client computers to a host.

    The Applica Multimedia card, installed into a PC, communicates with a monitor or TV set at video bus speed. "The second console has the same delivery-receipt speed as [the host computer]," DeBruyn says. "Effectively, the speed is 132MB, or about 60 frames per second. This is ideally suited for lots of graphics [applications] and Windows. It makes you feel like this is a full-fledged PC."

    The Applica Multimedia card uses standard VHS or RCA Video cables, and standard mouse, keyboard, and audio cables. The card uses PS/2 mouse and keyboard connectors. Although the product doesn't ship with the required cables, a user can obtain these from a computer store, or order them from Applica.

    Most Pentium or newer computers have enough power to support one or more Applica Multimedia cards, without affecting performance for any user, DeBruyn says.

    "From a host perspective, you're taking Windows' multitasking, and rather than one person multitasking off the system, you let two or three or four people multitask off the system," DeBruyn adds. "If you want a third user, you add in another board."

    The Applica Multimedia card can let users share a single connection to the Internet. "If you happen to be [connected to the Internet] on broad band, you don't even know another person is on there," DeBruyn says.

    Additionally, the Applica Multimedia card has a built-in MPEG decoder, allowing playback of DVD and MPEG video titles.

    Applica Multimedia requires at least a Pentium-233 system running Windows 95 or 98, with 32MB of memory, plus another 32MB of memory for each user. The company, however, recommends using a 300-MHz Pentium or Pentium Pro system with 65MB of memory, plus 32MB of memory for each user.

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    Also I found topic talking about installing 2 monitors
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    The Applica Multimedia card is one of those add-on cards I had mentioned.
    For the 250+ its going to cost you to put it in, setup and configure, you might as well buy a barebones system, it will be the same price and alot more user friendly and efficient.

    The server solution is nice, I use this on a regular basis for supporting a few dozen servers nationwide. But the problem you run into, is that you still need a client (dummy console, pc or terminal) to utilize this option and could be all around expensive for a home user.

    Installing 2 monitors is the easy part, most of the time your videocard (unless onboard) has dual outputs. Setting up multiple desktops in display settings is simple enough, but you run back into the independant I/O device handling that is limited to 1 console login.

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    hi guys,

    Thanks everyone for all the answers!
    give me some time to check all the links and i come back to you!

    yes i am using XP and the idea was to use one desktop at the same time for 2 persons instead of buying an other one.

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