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Ok next question is once I get a Mac I want to use a KDM (KVM) Switch on my Mac and PC so that way I could use one mouse and one keyboard for both is this possible?.. Is there an adapter that I could use to do this or does any one have any other great ideas?
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a KDM will work fine no need to worry one bit



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Ok, is there any Specific or Special KDM (KVM) Switch that I would have to have for this?
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If it's USB you should have no problem, althogh PS2 shouldn't matter either, as long as your Mac has a PS2 port for the mouse.. I'd suggest getting a USB KVM switch.. I've used a KVM with a wintel pc and a G3 iMac and it worked great.
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Any PS2 KVM will work if you purchase a PS2 to USB adapter for each mac on the switch. They are dirt cheap, like 5 dollars.

works like a charm
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I have that one hooked up to a windows xp computer, and my macmini, and it works awesome. It is small, so it takes up less space, and the cables that come with it, are nice quality.
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An alternative to buying a KVM is to use this software (free) called synergy:

http://synergy2.sourceforge.net/

Basically, you install it on your PC and on you Mac, and then you need to make a simple network between the two (you Mac will be network ready, and you can buy a cheap network pci card for the PC and an ethernet cable).

The software lets you move you mouse between the two screens and whenever the mouse is on a certain screen the keyboard will send the keystrokes to that computer, you can even copy and paste between the computers. A lot more elegant than a KVM switch (the only time you really use a KVM is if you only have one monitor and two computers).
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Any PS2 KVM will work if you purchase a PS2 to USB adapter for each mac on the switch. They are dirt cheap, like 5 dollars.

works like a charm

I bought this one, and it works great with a PS2 KVM and the USB port on a G4.
http://www.geeks.com/details.asp?inv...&cpc=SCH&srm=0
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An alternative to buying a KVM is to use this software (free) called synergy:

http://synergy2.sourceforge.net/

Basically, you install it on your PC and on you Mac, and then you need to make a simple network between the two (you Mac will be network ready, and you can buy a cheap network pci card for the PC and an ethernet cable).

The software lets you move you mouse between the two screens and whenever the mouse is on a certain screen the keyboard will send the keystrokes to that computer, you can even copy and paste between the computers. A lot more elegant than a KVM switch (the only time you really use a KVM is if you only have one monitor and two computers).
That looks pretty cool.. i think i might have to try that..

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if im using a apple keyboard will the kvm carry the extra usb signal
this is the last question i need to answer before commiting to a kvm and purchasing a mighty mouse

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