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Wornout 08-08-2006 12:45 PM

connecting 2 towers
 
Recently got new pc. The problem is simple. More of my windows programs actually run on linux without crashing the system than on windows which always gets overloaded.
Some of my windows games and older software only run in linux.lol. But unfortunanetly not all programs. I have 2 or better of everything (monitors,mice,keyboards,etc.)
But I only want to run one monitor,keyboard and mouse.

I dont care if I have to control one tower from another or how it has to work. I want my second older tower to be dual-boot because its 32 bit and this is 64. And I want to be able to just open the programs on my newer pc.
I really don't like even looking at the windows desktop but I will if I have to. So if you know the readme I need
or the software or place to go please help me. I love linux but I must admit the constant fighting with windows
that I have to do with or without linux on a pc has me completely wornout. I only have a couple things to run on windows. So please help. Thank you.

Wornout 08-08-2006 02:31 PM

I do see where I can use a kvm (keyboard,video,mouse) switch to solve the problem if I have to. But I would rather solve it through some form of networking. I actually do have a third tower that I would like to be straight linux. No dual-boot. I want to be able to completeley set it up and control it without a kvm switch so I can learn proper networking. I'll read an entire book if I have to. Is this possible?

IsaacKuo 08-08-2006 03:34 PM

There are a number of ways to go about this. What I'd personally use is VNC. By default the VNC server works a bit differently on Windows vs Linux.

In Windows, the VNC server allows other computers to remote control the Desktop (like PC Anywhere, or Windows Remote Desktop). On the client computer, the VNC client is a window which looks like the Windows desktop on the server.

In Linux, the VNC server by default allows other computers to remote control a VIRTUAL desktop. As far as the client is concerned, this looks like remote controlling a linux desktop--just like PC Anywhere or Windows Remote Desktop. However, the difference is that this remote controlled desktop is a "virtual" desktop that isn't visible anywhere else. On the server, the local desktop is completely independent. Someone else could be logged in, using a completely different desktop environment. The server doesn't even need to be running a local GUI desktop at all!

My advice is to install a VNC server on the Windows computer--the one you use less. Install a VNC client on the Linux computer. Thus, you can remote control the Windows computer by running the VNC client.

Setting up a VNC server in Linux is a little more complex, because of the extra flexibility. The cool thing about Linux VNC servers is that you can use it to create multiple virtual desktops. A single computer could be remotely used by many people at the same time--each with his/her own completely independent virtual desktop!

Wornout 08-08-2006 06:07 PM

Most definitely thanks. I started reading several online sources after I saw your post. It looks like exactly what I need. It would also seem I could run a teamspeak on my real old server along with a couple other programs and have full sound. I wasn't sure I could get sound with vkm. I'm was getting ready to get windows64 off this pc and go straight linux. Glad I used the eval version. Because after two weeks I've been constantly tweaking and fixing. For everybody else looking into this I'll post my results in about 3 or 4 days. This is probly what most people are looking for.

Wornout 08-10-2006 03:58 PM

Hmmmm. no sound. I also checked mediaplayer and got no moving picture. Its kinda slow. This would work if I could get it a lot faster and have sound. But it looks like I'll need a kvm switch. It also appears I should be looking at xnest for the linux to linux towers.

IsaacKuo 08-10-2006 04:22 PM

I don't know if there are any utilities for remote routing of sound from Windows to Linux or vice versa.

If the two computers are close enough together for a kvm switch, they're close enough to route an audio patch cable from the line out of one computer to the line in on the other computer. Thus, you can get audio from both computers at the same time through one set of speakers.

As for multi-media playback...you MIGHT be able to get this to work with a gigabit ethernet and by changing the player's output to the framebuffer (as opposed to the video overlay, which has much higher video playback performance). This requires a lot of CPU power on both machines and a LOT of network bandwidth.

Peter Somnium 08-15-2006 03:17 AM

With just a normal 100Mbit LAN and remotedesktop, sound can be forwarded with no problems at all. remotedesktop is standard on Windows XP/2003 (you just have to enable it) and most linux distro's have some sort of program as well. It just has to work with the rdp protocol, that's all.


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