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 .
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):
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:
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:
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:
did I mention that my eyesight is degraded, thereby needing a big monitor., so please don't suggest using a smaller monitor.