Mark Gritter (markgritter) wrote,
Mark Gritter

More Magic

Right now I'm using a KVM switch to flip between two desktop computers. The problem is that the KVM switch is old and only supports PS/2-style mice, so I'm swapping between two USB mice.

I came up with a stupid hack to work around this, though:

1. Open up a VNC (remote desktop) session on computer A, connected to computer B.
2. Make the VNC window full-screen.
3. Switch the KVM to computer B.

Now mouse A sends events to computer B, but the monitor is connected directly so there's no lag from the remote desktop.

(Incidentally, I looked into getting a modern KVM switch with DVI and USB support. But they seem a bit pricey: from $150 all the way up to $400. Because my new monitor only cost $400, this doesn't seem like a good investment--- I'm not that short on desk space yet.)
Tags: hack, hardware, vnc
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