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How do I get my 4 port USB KVM to see the start-menu on the left hand side of my screen.

Good evening experts,

I just received my brand new 4 port USB KVM in the mail today and was anxious to get it up and running. The good news is that I can toggle being 4 computers with the  USB KVM. the bad news is that I cannot see my STARMENU unless I disable the display adapter and bring the resolution down to 1024 by 768. This is horrible. Let me explain:

I have a very nice Sanyo Television that I use as my main monitor .

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This is a great TV and it has three HDMI ports and 1 PC port. There are other ports, but not important to this discussion. If I had my druthers, i would have bought a 4port HDMI hub instead of the USB KVM hub, however , only one of the computers has an HDMI connnection. So I am left with toggling between the singular dsub port (vga port) in the back of the TV.

Here are the machines that I have hooked to the USB KVM going to the back of the TV's  DSUB port (VGA):

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I discovered as i was toggling between each machine , their displays would blink every three seconds or so, thus rendering my desire to be able to use 4 machines with only a keyboard and mouse useless. I played around with the display resolutions on each machine , but no matter what resolution I put the machines on, the blinking would still persist along with not being able to see the left most part of my screen which has the start menu.  As you might imagine , I am bummed at this point.

I did a little research and found that if I disable the video card four each machine , which have the  exact same display driver in device manager, I can see the start menu and the blinking stops:

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However this only work for 1024 by 768. Any other resolution gives me the dreaded blinking and missing left side of my screen which hides the start menu. I know I can get to it other ways, but thats not the point.

This is what my screens look like when the display cards are enabled and the resolution is at any resolution:

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As you can see the start menu is gone. You cant see the blinking , but take my word for it, it's happening.


I even tried playing with the aspect ratio on the SANYO TV itself but it only has a vertical and horizontal  sections that don't me move far enough the right horizontally in order to see the left side of my screen. What I was really looking for was an actual setting on the TV for aspect ratios of 4:3, 16:9 and standard, but to no avail.

I went Dell's web site and detected the specs on the machine and it informs  me that the display drivers are current. For completeness and fairness , I bought the machines at a liquidation sale from local University ,as they were procuring newer machines.  With my student Doctoral discount at UOP , i was able to purchase Windows 8.1 and other software at an amazing 85%  off. It's good to be in school, if only for the perks.


Sooooo , what if anything can I do to be able to use the the USB KVM with the comptuers:

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did I mention that my eyesight is degraded, thereby needing a big monitor., so please don't suggest using a smaller monitor.
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giltjrCommented:
What is the model TV?  The problem maybe the TV.

What happens if you connect a single PC directly to the TV?  Does it work at the higher resolutions?
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ComputerTechieCommented:
At my work we would have to press the auto adjust button on the tv to fix the issue from time to time.

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BLACK THANOSAuthor Commented:
Yes giltir , The  Make is Sanyo, but i am unsure of the model. I have already checked the TV's input settings including aspect ratio. ComputerTechie, as I mentioned above , I have already played with the auto adjust. It just doesn't work. Anything more substantive gentlemen???
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giltjrCommented:
The exact model may help us as that will let us know what the specs of the TV is.
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BLACK THANOSAuthor Commented:
I will check the model
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BLACK THANOSAuthor Commented:
The Model Number is:

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BLACK THANOSAuthor Commented:
In my opinion , I believe that the single dsub in the back of the Sanyo TV cannot support the 4 video ports on the KVM. What say you???

Please advise.
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BLACK THANOSAuthor Commented:
I am now wondering if I should buy some half height HDMI pciexpress cards for the computers to plug into the HDMI ports in the back of the Sanyo.
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giltjrCommented:
Do you have the manual for the TV?  It shows you the resolution settings that it supports and what you have to set on the PC.  It also shows that that there is a PC settings screen on the TV where you can change the settings on the PC.  Have you tried playing with those?

I would try connecting a PC directly to the TV to see if that works without any problems.
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BLACK THANOSAuthor Commented:
giiltir,

I have already tried all of those things. I looked up the manual on line and tried different resolutions. It works great without the KVM. I can plug a single pc into it and no problems. It goes back to my previous opinion about overloading the singular dsub in the back of the monitor with a 4 port kvm. It worked great with a two port kvm , so I am looking to the hdmi solution.

what do you think???
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giltjrCommented:
What brand and model 2 port KVM did you have?

My guess is that the difference is the quality of the KVM.
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BLACK THANOSAuthor Commented:
I concur.  Here are the details:

Previous KVM:

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Current KVM

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BLACK THANOSAuthor Commented:
If price is an indicator of quality then I should have stayed with IOGear and paid the extra money for quality.
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BLACK THANOSAuthor Commented:
Thank you giltjr
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