Re: auto switchers

Ronnie D. Franklin ( )
Fri, 20 Jun 1997 15:04:55 -0500

I think you will find the problem is not "cheap", it is a problem with the
ROM... I have seveal Starview boxes which we had the same problem with..
the company provided me with a ROM update and the problem is now gone away.

BTW the Starview and Omniview are the same box.. different color, different

> From: Jeff Weiss <>
> To:
> Subject: Re: auto switchers
> Date: Friday, June 20, 1997 2:54 PM
> problem with cheap KVM (keyboard/video/mouse) switches (Belkin included):
> if the computer attempts to load a mouse driver, such as when Win 3.1 is
> loading or when 95 or NT are booting, the mouse will NOT be recognized IF
> that copmuter is not set to be active on the screen.
> That is, if you lose power, only one PC gets the mouse when power is
> This is not a big deal for DOS boxes or Novell servers, but for NT it is
> unacceptable.
> Also, on the Belkin box, I have noticed a high failure rate in the serial
> port pass throughs. These seem to consistently fail after about a year.
> Furthermore, the boxes cam temporarily "freeze" when you are booting a
> computer or your active computer locks up, thus preventing you from
> switching PCs. Other than that, they're really not that bad for the
> - we DO use these quite a bit.
> There are more expensive solutions, starting around $500 for 6 or 8 ports
> that emulate a mouse on all ports. Look in the back of LAN magazine for
> the best collection of ads.
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