Keyboard/Monitor/Mouse AND Speaker Switch???

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Hey all,

Scoping around ebay for a switch that allows both my computers to share
all the external hardware (the printer is shared on the network)...I can
find switches for keyboard/mouse/monitor but none include speaker pass
throughs. I post here because this even sounds like it might be an easy
thing for a beginning electronics hobbiest to build/make. If anyone
knows where I can find one or where I might even find a schematic for
such a thing please let me know...I'd like to take care of this ASAP.

D
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  1. Archived from groups: alt.comp.hardware.homebuilt (More info?)

    On Fri, 10 Jun 2005 15:50:15 -0400, Danny Hoskins
    <ddh1969@bellsouth.net> wrote:

    >Hey all,
    >
    >Scoping around ebay for a switch that allows both my computers to share
    >all the external hardware (the printer is shared on the network)...I can
    >find switches for keyboard/mouse/monitor but none include speaker pass
    >throughs. I post here because this even sounds like it might be an easy
    >thing for a beginning electronics hobbiest to build/make. If anyone
    >knows where I can find one or where I might even find a schematic for
    >such a thing please let me know...I'd like to take care of this ASAP.
    >
    >D

    Did you try putting "KVM audio" into any search engines?

    Here's one,
    http://www.macmall.com/macmall/shop/detail.asp?dpno=291407
  2. Archived from groups: alt.comp.hardware.homebuilt (More info?)

    Thanks for the help peeps...I didn't know they were called KVM and I
    found a ton on ebay and I've got a bid on one already...

    D
  3. Archived from groups: alt.comp.hardware.homebuilt (More info?)

    On Fri, 10 Jun 2005 15:50:15 -0400, Danny Hoskins
    <ddh1969@bellsouth.net> wrote:

    >Hey all,
    >
    >Scoping around ebay for a switch that allows both my computers to share
    >all the external hardware (the printer is shared on the network)...I can
    >find switches for keyboard/mouse/monitor but none include speaker pass
    >throughs. I post here because this even sounds like it might be an easy
    >thing for a beginning electronics hobbiest to build/make. If anyone
    >knows where I can find one or where I might even find a schematic for
    >such a thing please let me know...I'd like to take care of this ASAP.
    >
    >D

    Another option is that you dont' necessarily need speaker
    pass-thru on a KVM at all for only 2 system use. By
    plugging the secondary system's audio-out into the primary
    (use, always on-on) system's audio input, (and togging the
    audio mixer control if necessary) you can have both
    systems' output coming out of the primary's output.
  4. Archived from groups: alt.comp.hardware.homebuilt (More info?)

    Danny Hoskins wrote:
    > Hey all,
    >
    > Scoping around ebay for a switch that allows both my computers to share
    > all the external hardware (the printer is shared on the network)...I can
    > find switches for keyboard/mouse/monitor but none include speaker pass
    > throughs. I post here because this even sounds like it might be an easy
    > thing for a beginning electronics hobbiest to build/make. If anyone
    > knows where I can find one or where I might even find a schematic for
    > such a thing please let me know...I'd like to take care of this ASAP.
    >
    > D

    Like Kony says there are KVM's with audio leads. One manufacturer that
    makes them is ATen for example. Be aware the audio quality may not be
    what you would expect from a seperate set of speakers and audio cable,
    especially if plugging directly in with headphones.
  5. Archived from groups: alt.comp.hardware.homebuilt (More info?)

    On Fri, 10 Jun 2005 15:50:15 -0400, Danny Hoskins
    <ddh1969@bellsouth.net> put finger to keyboard and composed:

    >Scoping around ebay for a switch that allows both my computers to share
    >all the external hardware (the printer is shared on the network)...I can
    >find switches for keyboard/mouse/monitor but none include speaker pass
    >throughs.

    I have a passive 2-way KVM with the usual single multipole rotary
    switch. It has three spare sets of contacts which I've wired for
    stereo audio.


    - Franc Zabkar
    --
    Please remove one 's' from my address when replying by email.
  6. Archived from groups: alt.comp.hardware.homebuilt (More info?)

    On Fri, 10 Jun 2005 19:33:14 -0400, Danny Hoskins
    <ddh1969@bellsouth.net> wrote:

    >Thanks for the help peeps...I didn't know they were called KVM and I
    >found a ton on ebay and I've got a bid on one already...
    >
    I used to use a KVM on my system, but was never that impressed with
    having to physically switch over every time I wanted to use the
    secondary hardware ( and the switch was always in the wrong place! ).
    Settled instead on a Matrox dual head vga card in 'clone desktop'
    mode, and doubled up the input peripherals by fitting a usb cordless
    mouse and keyboard alongside the existing PS/2 ones.

    Works a treat!

    Regards,


    --
    Stephen Howard - Woodwind repairs & period restorations
    www.shwoodwind.co.uk
    Emails to: showard{whoisat}shwoodwind{dot}co{dot}uk
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