PE350 and KVM switch

Collins, Kevin KCollins at
Tue Dec 3 15:49:01 CST 2002


I have almost the same thing happening on my PE2400s and that same model
Belkin KVM switch.  If the Server is not the "active" selection on the
KVM switch, the PE2400s do not find either the mouse or the keyboard.
This causes the boot process to stop.  I have to cycle the power of the
PE2400s and make the server "active" to get the server running again.

I do not believe this is caused by my Servers, I think this model KVM
switch doesn't keep send the right response to the server that says
"Hey, I'm a keyboard, I'm fine...and by the way, so is the mouse." if
the right server is not "active".  I say this because I have a Dimension
4500 on the same KVM switch and it does the same thing.

The only workaround I have is to keep the right Server "active" during
the reboot process.

Sounds like we need to get a different KVM switch or live with it.  In
fact, I've lived with for nearly two years now and I'm just accustomed
to it.

Sorry for not being helpful,

Kevin L. Collins, MCSE
Systems Manager
Nesbitt Engineering, Inc.

> -----Original Message-----
> From: Tom Lesniak [mailto:TLesniak at]
> Sent: Tuesday, December 03, 2002 4:03 PM
> To: linux-poweredge at
> Subject: PE350 and KVM switch
> ** General Hardware question, not linux specific **
> I have several PE350's that I am hooking into a Belkin KVM 
> switch (model
> F1D108-OSD)
> I am running into an issue that if I reboot any of the 
> PE350's and they are
> not currently the "active" (i.e. currently controlling the monitor and
> keyboard) system on the KVM  the system does not start it's booting
> process.
> Has anyone seen anything like this?? is there any workaround??
> I've done some testing and if the system is the "active" 
> system, it boots
> correctly.  If it is not the active system it will not boot.  
> I also tried
> hooking up a to the monitor directly so I could see where the 
> problem lies.
> When it is hooked up directly to the monitor but still using 
> the KVM for
> it's keyboard, and it is not the "active" system, it will not boot.
> It seems like this system tries to probe the keyboard and if 
> it does not
> find it, it stops booting.  When it hangs the only thing on 
> the screen is
> "ATI Rage SDRAM Bios  P/N 113-72301-101  4.330"
> at this point, if i press a key, the system will continue to 
> boot however
> it locks out the keyboard so you can not log in at the terminal.
> Any ideas??
> I use this exact KVM switch with PE1650's, 2500's, 2600's and 
> 2650's and
> have never run into any problems.
>      - Tom
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