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i use a Zonet KVM3004 here at work to switch between the linux servers and window$.
i don't really notice any difference with the mouse when i switch over (and I do it quite often...switching from Linux to Window$ that is )
That seems to have one solution and describes the problem pretty well. I just went from a cheaper trackball to a logitech trackman wheel and it started having issues when switching between systems. I find that unplugging the mouse for about 5 seconds fixes it, especially if I'm pointed at an empty slot on the kvm while I reset the mouse, and it doesn't happen quite as often when I'm quick on the keys (I think the problem is that this new mouse is more sensitive to losing power, so keeping the transition fast helps? )
it's actually been working better now since I've gotten faster at clicking between computers on my kvm. I'm using a USB to PS/2 converter, and I had some trouble with one machine the first time I went to a USB mouse (turns out it was a BIOS option for USB legacy mice), but it's happening on both of them now. I'm tempted to try the hardware hack with a transistor to see if that fixes it completely.
I found that if you unplug your mouse from the KVM for a couple of seconds and plug it back in, your mouse recovers and behaves correctly again. What a pain, but it seems to work and it is a heck of a lot less intrusive than restarting X or rebooting.
I have only had this problem with my Belkin KVM. My previous IOGear KVM Seemed to work fine when switching between machines.
Belkin SOHO KVM (F1DS104P 4 Port)
Microsoft Mouse (Wireless Intellimouse Explorer 2.0 or USB Intellimouse Explorer 1.0 )
Linux Distro (Gentoo) running KDE
Mouse works fine between Windows boxes with KVM, seems X (KDE) has issues with what ever the KVMs are doing.
Hope that helps out in the short term until some genius determines what the real problem is and fixes it :-)
Well, as evidence that it's hardware failure, my kvm totally bugged out on me and won't acknowledge the mouse at all last time I checked it (which was a couple weeks ago because I've been moving). I've bought a different kvm (for half the price of the IOGear one) and will give that a try as well.