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Product Details - Removing Unwanted Hardware


Once KaVoom! KVM is installed and configured, you might want to disconnect the hardware that's no longer needed.

Keyboard

You can unplug the keyboard on secondary computers.

On some computers, the BIOS will give a keyboard error when you start the computer with no keyboard plugged in. For example, on an HP Vectra with Phoenix BIOS, you'll see the message:

     0103-AE: Keyboard Error

But you can ignore the message because the computer will continue to run. On other computers, the computer will halt after displaying the error message, in which case it is necessary to change a BIOS setting to disable the warning message. BIOS settings. To access the BIOS settings, press a certain key (often F1 or Delete; check your computer's user manual) soon after the computers starts.

Mouse

You can unplug the mouse on secondary computers running Windows Vista, XP or Windows Server 2003.

You cannot unplug the mouse on secondary computers running Windows 2000 or Windows 2000 Server. If you do, Windows will start but will not display the mouse pointer. There is no solution other than to keep a mouse plugged in. Any cheap mouse will do.

On some computers, the BIOS will give a warning message when you start the computer with no mouse plugged in. For example, on an HP Vectra with Phoenix BIOS, you'll see the message:

  0106-54: No mouse detected on mouseport. Please wait a few seconds.
  F1-Continue F4-Validate Change ...

After a few seconds, the computer will continue to start normally. If you want, you can squelch the message forever by pressing F4. Be sure to do this before disconnecting the keyboard.

Monitor

You can usually unplug the monitor on secondary computers without any problems.

Some video cards are "smart" in that they will disable themselves or change to a lower resolution if a monitor is not plugged in. We can usually find a work-around for such problems.

Other Considerations

The remote-installation feature of KaVoom! KVM makes it possible to install or upgrade the software without having a keyboard, monitor, and mouse plugged in.

Not having a keyboard or monitor plugged in makes it impossible to inspect or modify the computer's BIOS settings, or to select an operating system from a dual-boot menu. If these capabilities are important to you then you should keep your hardware connected.









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