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Quick Installation and Operation Guide
QUICK INSTALLATION
Power off all your computers and connect them to the ORANGE ports on the rear
of the AdderView DVI.
Connect your keyboard, monitor and mouse to the GREY port on the rear of the
AdderView.
OPERATION GUIDE SUMMARY
The AdderView's default configuration is suitable for most systems.
A computer may be selected using the front panel key, a three button mouse or a
keyboard hotkey combination. To select a computer using the mouse press and
release the left or right hand buttons whilst holding down the central button. To
select a computer using the keyboard hotkeys hold down the CTRL and ALT
keys, press and release the required port key (e.g. 1) and then release the CTRL
and ALT keys.
Safety information
For use in dry, oil free indoor environments only.
Do not attempt to service the AdderView DVI yourself.
Follow all warnings and instructions marked on the AdderView DVI, its optional
power adapter and its accessories.
Warning - live parts contained within optional power adapter.
No user serviceable parts within optional power adapter - do not dismantle.
Replace the optional power adapter with a manufacturer approved type only.
If you use a power extension cord with the AdderView DVI, make sure the total
ampere rating of the devices plugged into the extension cord does not exceed the
cord’s ampere rating. Also, make sure that the total ampere rating of all the
devices plugged into the wall outlet does not exceed the wall outlet’s ampere
rating.
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Quick-Guide für Installation & Betrieb
QUICK-INSTALLATION
Schalten Sie alle Ihre Computer aus, und schließen Sie sie an die ORANGEFARBENEN
Ports auf der Rückseite des AdderView DVI an.
Schließen Sie Ihre Tastatur, Monitor und Maus an den GRAUEN Port auf der Rückseite
des AdderView an.
ZUSAMMENFASSUNG DES BETRIEBS-GUIDES
Die Vorgabekonfiguration des AdderView ist für die meisten Systeme geeignet.
Ein Computer kann für entweder die Verwendung der Taste auf der Frontanzeige, einer
Maus mit drei Tasten oder einer Kombination der Hot-Keys der Tastatur ausgewählt
werden. Zur Auswahl eines Computers, der eine Maus verwendet, die linke oder rechte
Taste kurz drücken, während die mittlere Taste gedrückt gehalten wird. Um einen
Computer auszuwählen, der die Hot-Keys der Tastatur verwendet, die Strg und ALT
Tasten zusammen gedrückt halten, und die erforderliche Port-Taste (z.B. 1) drücken und
loslassen, und dann die Strg und ALT Tasten loslassen.
Sicherheitstechnische Informationen
Nur für den Gebrauch innerhalb von trockenen, ölfreien Räumen vorgesehen.
Die Wartung des AdderView DVI darf nur ausschließlich von dazu qualifiziertem
Fachpersonal vorgenommen werden.
Sämtliche Warnhinweise und Anweisungen auf dem AdderView DVI, seinem optionalen
Stromadapter und Zubehörteilen beachten und befolgen.
Warnung – im Stormadapter sind unter Spannung stehende Teile enthalten.
Keine vom Benutzer zu wartenden Teile im optionalen Stromadapter enthalten – nicht
auseinandernehmen.
Den optionalen Stromadapter nur durch einen vom Hersteller zugelassenen Typ
ersetzen.
Bei Verwendung eines Stromverlängerungskabels für den AdderView DVI, muss darauf
geachtet werden, dass die Gesamtamperezahl der an dieses Kabel angeschlossenen
Geräte nicht den Amperenennwert des Kabels übersteigt. Auch darauf achten, dass die
Gesamtamperezahl aller an die Steckdose angeschlossenen Geräte nicht den
Amperenennwert der Steckdose überschreitet.
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Guía rápida de instalación y funcionamiento
INSTALACIÓN RÁPIDA
Desconecte todos los ordenadores y conéctelos a los puertos NARANJA en la parte
posterior del AdderView DVI.
Conecte el teclado, el monitor y el ratón al puerto GRIS en la parte posterior del
AdderView.
RESUMEN DE LA GUÍA DE FUNCIONAMIENTO
La configuración por defecto del AdderView es adecuada para la mayoría de los
sistemas.
Puede seleccionarse un ordenador utilizando la tecla del panel frontal, un ratón de tres
botones o una combinación de teclas rápidas en el teclado. Para seleccionar un
ordenador utilizando el ratón, pulse y suelte los botones izquierdo o derecho mientras
mantiene pulsado el botón del medio. Para seleccionar un ordenador utilizando las
teclas rápidas del teclado, mantenga pulsadas las teclas CTRL y ALT, pulse y suelte la
tecla del puerto requerida (p.e. 1) y a continuación suelte las teclas CTRL y ALT.
Información sobre seguridad
Solamente debe usarse en interiores, en entornos secos y sin grasa.
No intente realizar ningún tipo de mantenimiento al AdderView DVI usted mismo.
Siga todos los avisos e instrucciones marcadas en el AdderView DVI, el adaptador de
potencia opcional y todos sus accesorios.
Aviso – el adaptador de potencia opcional tiene piezas con tensión.
El adaptador de potencia opcional no contiene piezas que pueda mantener el usuario –
no desmontarlo.
Cambie el adaptador de potencia opcional solamente con un tipo aprobado por el
fabricante.
Si utiliza una cable de extensión con el AdderView DVI, compruebe que el amperaje
nominal total de los equipos enchufados en el cable de extensión no superen el
amperaje nominal del cable de extensión. Asimismo, compruebe que el amperaje
nominal total de todos los equipos conectados a la toma de red no superen el amperaje
nominal de la toma.
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Guide d'installation rapide et mode d'emploi
INSTALLATION RAPIDE
Mettez tous vos ordinateurs hors tension et raccordez-les aux ports ORANGE à l'arrière
d'AdderView DVI.
Raccordez votre clavier, moniteur et souris au port GRIS à l'arrière de l'AdderView.
MODE D'EMPLOI SOMMAIRE
La configuration par défaut de l'AdderView convient à la plupart des systèmes.
Pour sélectionner un ordinateur, utilisez la touche du panneau avant, une souris à trois
boutons ou une combinaison de touches de raccourci clavier. Pour sélectionner un
ordinateur à l'aide de la souris, maintenez la pression sur le bouton central et appuyez
sur le bouton gauche ou droite avant de relâcher. Pour sélectionner un ordinateur avec
les touches de raccourci clavier, maintenez les touches CTRL et ALT enfoncées,
appuyez sur la touche du port souhaité (ex. 1) et relâchez, puis relâchez les touches
CTRL et ALT.
Consignes de sécurité
A n'utiliser qu'à l'intérieur, dans un environnement sec et exempt d'huile.
Ne pas assurer soi-même l'entretien de l'AdderView DVI.
Observer tous les avertissements et instructions marqués sur l'AdderView DVI, son
adaptateur de courant optionnel et ses accessoires.
Avertissement – l'adaptateur de courant optionnel renferme des pièces sous tension.
L'adaptateur de courant optionnel ne contient aucune pièce devant être révisée par
l'utilisateur – ne pas le démonter.
Ne remplacer l'adaptateur de courant optionnel que par un adaptateur approuvé par le
fabricant.
Lorsqu'une rallonge est utilisée pour l'AdderView DVI, vérifier que l'intensité nominale
totale des périphériques branchés sur la rallonge ne dépasse pas l'intensité nominale du
câble. Par ailleurs, vérifier que l'intensité nominale totale de tous les périphériques
branchés sur la prise murale ne dépasse pas l'intensité nominale de la prise murale ellemême.
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Guida di installazione rapida e funzionamento
INSTALLAZIONE RAPIDA
Spegnere tutti i computer e collegarli alle porte ARANCIONI sul retro
dell’AdderView DVI.
Collegare la tastiera, monitor e mouse alla porta GRIGIA sul retro
dell’AdderView.
SOMMARIO GUIDA OPERATIVA
La configurazione di default dell’AdderView è adatta alla maggior parte dei
sistemi.
Si può selezionare un computer usando il tasto sul pannello frontale, un mouse a
tre bottoni o una tastiera con tasti attivi. Per selezionare un computer con il
mouse, premere e rilasciare i bottoni sinistro o destro trattenendo
contemporaneamente quello centrale. Per selezionare un computer con tasti attivi
tastiera, tener premuti i tasti CTRL e ALT, premere e rilasciare il tasto porta
richiesta (es. 1) e quindi rilasciare i tasti CTRL e ALT.
Informazionoi riguardanti la sicurezza
Da usare esclusivamente in interni asciutti e privi di olio.
Non cercare di effettuare manutenzione sull’AdderView DVI.
Seguire tutti gli avvertimenti ed istruzioni presenti sull’AdderView DVI, sull’adattatore
opzionale di potenza e sugli accessori.
Attenzione – l’adattatore opzionale di potenza contiene parti sotto tensione.
L’adattatore opzionale di potenza non contiene parti soggette a manutenzione da parte
dell’utente – non smontarlo.
Sostituire l’adattatore opzionale di potenza solo con uno di tipo approvato dal
produttore.
Se si usa una prolunga con l’AdderView DVI, controllare che la potenza nominale totale
in ampère dei dispositivi collegati alla prolunga non superi la potenza nominale in
ampère della prolunga stessa. Controllare inoltre che la potenza nominale totale in
ampère dei dispositivi collegati non superi la potenza nominale in ampère della presa a
muro.
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About this manual
AdderView DVI - Installation and Use
Second edition (January 2002)
Part No. ADD0042/2
(c) 2002 Adder Technology Ltd.
www.addertec.com
All rights reserved. Whilst every precaution has been taken in the preparation of this
manual, Adder Technology Ltd assumes no responsibility for errors or omissions.
Neither is any liability assumed for damages resulting from the use of the
information contained herein. We reserve the right to change the specifications,
functions and circuitry of the product without notice. All trademarks acknowledged.
Safety information
For use in dry, oil free indoor environments only.
Do not attempt to service the AdderView DVI yourself.
Follow all warnings and instructions marked on the AdderView DVI, its optional
power adapter and its accessories.
Warning - live parts contained within optional power adapter.
No user serviceable parts within optional power adapter - do not dismantle.
Replace the optional power adapter with a manufacturer approved type only.
If you use a power extension cord with the AdderView DVI, make sure the total
ampere rating of the devices plugged into the extension cord does not exceed
the cord’s ampere rating. Also, make sure that the total ampere rating of all the
devices plugged into the wall outlet does not exceed the wall outlet’s ampere
rating.
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Warranty
Adder Technology Ltd warrants that this product shall be free from defects in
workmanship and materials for a period of one year from the date of original
purchase. If the product should fail to operate correctly in normal use during the
warranty period, Adder will replace or repair it free of charge. No liability can be
accepted for damage due to misuse or circumstances outside Adder’s control. Also
Adder will not be responsible for any loss, damage or injury arising directly or
indirectly from the use of this product. Adder’s total liability under the terms of this
warranty shall in all circumstances be limited to the replacement value of this
product.
If any difficulty is experienced in the installation or use of this product that you are
unable to resolve, please contact your supplier.
Trademarks
All trademarks mentioned in this manual are acknowledged to be the property of the
respective trademark owners.
Adder is a registered trademark of Adder Technology Limited.
Compaq is a registered trademark of Compaq Computer Corporation.
Hewlett-Packard is a registered trademark of Hewlett-Packard.
IBM, PC/AT, PS/2, RS/6000 and ThinkPad are registered trademarks of
International Business Machines Corporation.
Logitech, MouseMan+ and Pilot Mouse+ are trademarks of Logitech Inc.
Microsoft and Windows are registered trademarks, and IntelliMouse is a trademark
of Microsoft Corporation.
Velcro is a trademark of Velcro USA Inc.
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Radio Frequency Energy
Shielded cables must be used with this equipment to maintain compliance with radio
frequency energy emission regulations and ensure a suitably high level of immunity
to electromagnetic disturbances.
European EMC directive 89/336/EEC
This equipment has been tested and found to
comply with the limits for a class A computing
device in accordance with the specifications in
the European standard EN55022. These limits
are designed to provide reasonable protection
against harmful interference. This equipment
generates, uses and can radiate radio frequency
energy and if not installed and used in
accordance with the instructions may cause
harmful interference to radio or television
reception. However, there is no guarantee that
harmful interference will not occur in a particular
installation. If this equipment does cause
interference to radio or television reception,
which can be determined by turning the
equipment on and off, the user is encouraged to
correct the interference with one or more of the
following measures: (a) Reorient or relocate the
receiving antenna. (b) Increase the separation
between the equipment and the receiver. (c)
Connect the equipment to an outlet on a circuit
different from that to which the receiver is
connected. (d) Consult the supplier or an
experienced radio / TV technician for help.
FCC Compliance Statement (United States)
This equipment generates, uses and can radiate
radio frequency energy and if not installed and
used properly, that is, in strict accordance with
the manufacturer’s instructions, may cause
interference to radio communication. It has been
tested and found to comply with the limits for a
class A computing device in accordance with the
specifications in Subpart J of part 15 of FCC
rules, which are designed to provide reasonable
protection against such interference when the
equipment is operated in a commercial
environment. Operation of this equipment in a
residential area may cause interference, in
which case the user at his own expense will be
required to take whatever measures may be
necessary to correct the interference. Changes
or modifications not expressly approved by the
manufacturer could void the user’s authority to
operate the equipment.
Canadian Department of Communications
RFI statement
This equipment does not exceed the class A
limits for radio noise emissions from digital
apparatus set out in the radio interference
regulations of the Canadian Department of
Communications.
Le présent appareil numérique n’émet pas de
bruits radioélectriques dépassant les limites
applicables aux appareils numériques de la
classe A prescrites dans le règlement sur le
brouillage radioélectriques publié par le
ministère des Communications du Canada.
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Contents
1. Introduction..................................................................................... 6
1.1 Key features............................................................................................6
1.2 Package contents ...................................................................................7
1.3 Remote controller contents.....................................................................7
1.4 Product information ................................................................................8
2. Installation....................................................................................... 9
2.1 What you will need .................................................................................9
2.2 Mounting the AdderView DVI .................................................................10
2.3 Connecting your devices .......................................................................10
2.4 ‘Interface powered' operation without the optional power adapter ........11
2.5 Configuring your PCs .............................................................................11
2.6 Configuring the AdderView DVI .............................................................12
2.7 Summary of AdderView DVI configuration options .................................13
2.8 Resetting the AdderView DVI without disconnecting your devices .........15
2.9 Other useful installation information ......................................................15
2.10 Re-enabling a disconnected PS/2 mouse ............................................16
2.11 Hot plugging the AdderView DVI into running systems and
re-enabling disconnected PS/2 CPU mouse connections ...................16
2.12 Upgrading the AdderView's flash memory ...........................................18
3. Using the AdderView DVI .............................................................. 21
3.1 Power on status ......................................................................................21
3.2 Front panel keys and remote controller ..................................................22
3.3 Status display .........................................................................................22
3.4 Keyboard hotkey control .........................................................................24
3.5 Mouse control .........................................................................................25
3.6 RS232 control .........................................................................................26
3.7 Cascading AdderView DVIs ...................................................................26
3.8 Synchronising AdderView DVIs for multiple video head applications ....27
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4. AdderView DVI configuration options .......................................... 29
4.1 Screen saver time delay ........................................................................29
4.2 Autoscan lock on mode and delay time .................................................29
4.3 Mouse mode and mouse switching of channels .....................................30
4.4 Keyboard hotkey combination ...............................................................31
4.5 Cycling between all channels or just the active channels ......................32
4.6 Firmware functions (version query, mouse restore and reset) ..............32
4.7 Setting a security password ...................................................................33
4.8 Cascade query code ..............................................................................34
4.9 Resolving slow mouse problems ...........................................................34
4.10 Exit configure mode .............................................................................35
Appendices
A - Cable and connector specifications .................................................................36
B - Problem solving ...............................................................................................40
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1. Introduction
Thank you for purchasing the AdderView DVI. Your AdderView DVI is a high
performance keyboard, monitor and mouse sharing device which supports a wide
range of PC hardware and software platforms.
1.1 Key features
Control multiple PCs from a single keyboard, monitor and mouse.
Continuous keyboard and mouse emulation on all ports ensures problem free
computer bootup.
Interface powered operation – AdderView DVI draws its power from the
connected computers for maximum convenience.
Intelligent switching feature enables users to switch between all ports or just the
active ports.
Supports DVI Flat Panels and monitors at resolutions up to 1600 x 1200 @ 60Hz
(165MHz) – i.e. the maximum DVI single-link bandwidth.
Regenerates the DVI video signal and typically doubles the total cable run length
supported between the computer and the monitor.
Mixed AT/PS2 keyboards and PS2/RS232 mice supported as standard.
Flash upgradeable - AdderView DVI's firmware may be upgraded by connecting a
computer's serial port and running a download program.
Can be cascaded to provide a video switching network.
Video channels support Display Data Channel (DDC2B) signalling.
DVI Hot Plug Detect support.
Password security prevents unauthorised use.
User options stored in EEPROM memory.
Remote control module for convenient operation.
Channel switching by front panel key, keyboard hotkey, or 3 button mouse.
Automatically restores keyboard and mouse states when channel changed.
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Supports keyboard modes 1,2 and 3 and mouse prompt and stream modes for
maximum compatibility.
Can be controlled remotely via an RS232 serial port.
Includes screen saver, auto-scan and variable hotkey options.
Supports Microsoft IntelliMouse, IntelliMouse Explorer and other common wheel mice.
Mouse restoration functions to enable ‘hot plugging’ of certain systems.
Keyboard, mouse and AdderView DVI resets may be performed without
disconnecting devices.
Supports IBM ThinkPad ‘Y’ cables.
Power and activity indication confirm correct operation.
Standard cable connections make installation easy and inexpensive.
All ports are active simultaneously – all PCs may all be booted at the same time.
Robust metal case ensures good shielding.
Supports desktop and laptop PCs, RS6000s, DEC Alphas, and Silicon Graphics
computers .
Supports very wide range of software including Windows 3.X, WFWG, 95, 98,
2000, NT, DOS, ME, XP, Unix, Linux, NetWare, OS/2, BSD etc.
Optional power adapter can be used for ‘video only’ or cascade applications.
1.2 Package contents
AdderView DVI.
This installation guide.
(Please note that a power adapter is NOT required for most applications and so is
not included. This may be purchased separately if required - part code
AVGPSU).
1.3 Remote controller contents (part code: RC1)
Remote control module.
Velcro strip for mounting remote controller.
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1.4 Product information
Key for changing
channels. Also used
to access configure
mode
Display indicates
selected channel and
AdderView status
Figure 1 - AdderView DVI front view
User monitor
connection
Computer video connections
coloured WHITE (1 to 4)
Power connection
for optional power
adapter
Options port – used
to connect remote
controller. Also used
to connect computer
for flash upgrades
User mouse
connection for
PS/2 style
mouse
Computer mouse and keyboard connections
Keyboard coloured PURPLE
Mouse coloured GREEN
(1 to4)
Figure 2 - AdderView DVI rear view (4 port model)
Display is duplicate of front
panel display and shows status
and mouse / keyboard data
activity
Key for changing channels
Figure 3 - Remote control pad / display (optional accessory - part RC1)
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2. Installation
2.1 What you will need
Cables to connect the AdderView DVI to each of your PC keyboard, video and
mouse ports. Cable specifications are given in appendix A. (You do not need to
connect a mouse cable if you are not using the mouse).
A monitor with a DVI-D connector that will work when connected directly to each
of your PCs. The AdderView DVI supports single-link DVI compatible Flat Panel
displays and monitors.
A computer fitted with a DVI graphics card and DVI-D connector.
A standard AT or PS/2 style keyboard. If you are using an AT keyboard with a 5
pin connector you may connect this to the AdderView DVI using a standard AT to
PS/2 keyboard adapter.
A PS/2 style two or three button Microsoft or Logitech compatible mouse or a
Microsoft IntelliMouse / IntelliMouse Explorer compatible mouse. If you wish to use
the mouse to switch the AdderView DVI's channel then you will need a three button
mouse or an IntelliMouse.
(The AdderView DVI supports ‘Internet Mice’ that are compatible with the Microsoft
IntelliMouse. These are fitted with a wheel or other scroll control and sometimes
have additional buttons. Examples are: Microsoft IntelliMouse, Logitech Pilot
Mouse+, Logitech MouseMan+, Genius NetMouse and Genius NetMouse Pro.)
A suitable mouse driver for your PCs. Supported types are:
- PS/2 or RS232 two button mouse driver (any manufacturer).
- Microsoft mouse driver (including IntelliMouse).
- Logitech mouse driver (including two button, three button and wheel mouse)
Use of PS/2 and RS232 style mice with the AdderView DVI - All of the mouse
connections from AdderView DVI to PCs support either a PS/2 or an RS232 mouse.
AdderView DVI automatically converts from the PS/2 mouse commands to RS232
serial mouse commands. Serial mice types are selected by using an adapter as
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described in Appendix A. The AdderView DVI will operate without a mouse
connected if you do not wish to use one.
2.2 Mounting the AdderView DVI
The AdderView DVI has been designed for use on a desktop or shelf in close
proximity to the user’s monitor and peripherals. The optional remote controller may
be used if you wish to locate the AdderView DVI on a desk or shelf that is some
distance from the monitor and peripherals.
2.3 Connecting your devices
Ensure that the optional power adapter is disconnected from the AdderView DVI and
that all the devices which are to be attached are switched off. Connect the shared
keyboard, PS/2 mouse and monitor to the connectors at the rear of the AdderView
DVI (see figs 1, 2 and 3). Next, connect each computer system unit in turn with the
keyboard cable, mouse cable and video cable. Any unused computer connections
can be left unconnected. To connect computers with serial mouse connections and
AT style keyboard connections use the adapters specified in appendix A. If you have
an existing 6-pin mini-DIN to 9-pin serial adapter that came with a mouse it may not
be suitable for use with the AdderView as there are several different standard wiring
configurations for these adapters.
The AdderView DVI is now ready for use and will start to operate as soon as one of
the attached PCs is powered on. If you are connecting to PCs using cables that are
longer than 5 metres or are cascading the AdderView DVI to another AdderView DVI
you will need to use the optional power adapter. When using the optional power
adapter, ensure that it is connected to the mains and powering the AdderView DVI
before you switch on the connected computers. Failure to switch the AdderView DVI
and computers on in the correct order can lead to the mouse and/or keyboard not
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being recognised by the computers when they are switched on.
2.4 ‘Interface powered’ operation without the optional power
adapter
The AdderView DVI draws its power from the connected computers via the keyboard
cables. A single keyboard connection is normally sufficient to power the AdderView
DVI provided that the cable is no longer than 5 metres. If more than one computer is
connected then the power will be intelligently drawn from all computers. Cables
longer than 5 metres may be used provided that the AdderView DVI is already
powered by another connected computer or the optional power adapter. If you are
cascading the AdderView DVI to another AdderView DVI then a power adapter must
be connected to all AdderView DVIs.
2.5 Configuring your PCs
Configure your PC in the same way that you would if your keyboard, mouse and
monitor were all connected directly to your PC. AdderView DVI emulates Microsoft
compatible serial, IntelliMouse, IntelliMouse Explorer and PS/2 mice, so ensure that
your PC software is configured for a Microsoft mouse of the correct type. Refer to
the list of supported drivers in section 2.1.
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2.6 Configuring the AdderView DVI
IMPORTANT NOTE
Some DVI video cards need to communicate with a monitor before they will
output a video signal. This communication normally occurs within the first 5
seconds after the computer has been powered on. The computer can only
communicate with the monitor if it is the currently selected computer. If you
have this type of DVI video card you will need to select the computer before
switching the computer on. To make this process easy for you we have built
an auto-switch function into the AdderView DVI. With the auto-switch function
enabled the AdderView will automatically switch to a computer when the
computer is powered on. When powering on several computers you should
power them on in sequence, waiting a few seconds between each one to allow
the video card to communicate with the monitor.
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To enable the auto-scan function move switch 1 on the underside of the
AdderView DVI to the ON position.
To disable the auto-scan function move switch 1 on the underside of the
AdderView DVI to the OFF position.
The AdderView DVI is supplied pre-configured with factory defaults which are
suitable for most applications. There are a number of more advanced options which
can be set by the user. These are stored in the AdderView DVI's EEPROM memory
and are retained when the power is disconnected.
The options may be changed whilst the AdderView DVI is in configure mode. You
may enter configure mode at initial power on or whilst the AdderView DVI is running:
To enter configure mode at power on:
Switch off all the attached PCs and the AdderView DVI. Hold down the front panel
key whilst powering on the AdderView DVI. Remember that the AdderView DVI
draws its power from any attached PC via the keyboard cable and so will power
itself on when the attached PC is switched on or when the optional power adapter is
connected. Do not release the key until the AdderView DVI displays 'C' to show that
it has entered configure mode.
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To enter configure mode whilst the AdderView DVI is running:
Hold down the front panel key for 5 seconds until the front panel display shows ‘C’.
In configure mode, options are entered by typing a letter followed by a number
followed by (return). Use ESC to abort the entry of an option. The AdderView DVI
will remain in configure mode until you type 'E' (return).
For example: to set hotkey option 2 type the following at the 'C' prompt
(at AdderView DVI 'C' prompt)
H2f
To exit configure mode type:
Ef
2.7 Summary of AdderView DVI configuration options
Full details of each of the configuration options and their uses are given in section 4.
B1 - screen saver disabled (default)
B2 - Blank screen after 1 minute of inactivity
B3 - Blank screen after 2 minutes of inactivity
B4 - Blank screen after 4 minutes of inactivity
B5 - Blank screen after 8 minutes of inactivity
B6 - Blank screen after 12 minutes of inactivity
B7 - Blank screen after 16 minutes of inactivity
B8 - Blank screen after 20 minutes of inactivity
L1 - AdderView DVI locks on to active ports only during autoscanning (default)
L2 - AdderView DVI locks on to every port during autoscanning
L3 - AdderView DVI powers on in autoscan mode and locks on to active ports only
L4 - AdderView DVI powers on in autoscan mode and locks on to all ports
L5 – Allow the mouse to run at any speed (default)
L6 – Don't allow the mouse to run at very slow speeds
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L7 - Cascade query code = AD (default)
L8 - Cascade query code = EF
T1 - 2 seconds autoscan delay time before switching to next port (default)
T2 - 5 seconds autoscan delay time before switching to next port
T3 - 7 seconds autoscan delay time before switching to next port
T4 - 10 seconds autoscan delay time before switching to next port
T5 - 15 seconds autoscan delay time before switching to next port
T6 - 20 seconds autoscan delay time before switching to next port
T7 - 30 seconds autoscan delay time before switching to next port
T8 - 60 seconds autoscan delay time before switching to next port
U1 - AdderView DVI channels are switchable using a 3 button mouse
or IntelliMouse (default)
(AdderView DVI reports 2 button mouse mode to PCs)
U2 - AdderView DVI channels are not switchable using 3 button mouse
or IntelliMouse
(AdderView DVI reports 2 button mouse mode to PCs)
U3 - AdderView DVI channels are not switchable using 3 button mouse
or IntelliMouse
(AdderView DVI reports 3 button mouse mode to PCs)
U4 - AdderView DVI channels are switchable using 3 button mouse
or IntelliMouse
(AdderView DVI reports IntelliMouse mode to PCs)
U5 - AdderView DVI channels are not switchable using 3 button mouse
or IntelliMouse
(AdderView DVI reports IntelliMouse mode to PCs)
U7 – Cycle between all ports when switching with ‘Hotkeys + Tab’ or three button
mouse (default)
U8 – Cycle between active ports only when switching with ‘Hotkeys + Tab’ or three
button mouse
H1 - Hotkey combination is CTRL + ALT + command key (default)
H2 - Hotkey combination is CTRL + SHIFT + command key
H3 - Hotkey combination is ALT + SHIFT + command key
H4 - Hotkey combination is RIGHT ALT + command key
H5 - Hotkey combination is LEFT ALT + RIGHT ALT + command key
H6 - Hotkey combination is LEFT CTRL + LEFT ALT + command key
H7 - Hotkey combination is RIGHT CTRL + RIGHT ALT + command key
H8 - No hotkey combination enabled
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F1 - Display firmware first digit (Note: F1 is F followed by 1 NOT l )
F2 - Display firmware second digit
F3 - Display firmware third digit
F5 - Restore PS/2 mouse function
F6 - Restore IntelliMouse function
F8 - RESET all configurations to default settings. (Display confirms with 'r').
P - Sets password - see section 4.6 for instructions.
E - Exits configure mode and returns the AdderView DVI to normal operation mode.
2.8 Resetting the AdderView DVI without disconnecting your devices
The AdderView DVI draws its power from the connected computers and therefore
may only be fully powered down when all the connected computers have been
switched off or disconnected. However, the AdderView DVI may be reset without
disconnecting or powering down your computers by using the reset switch on the
underside of the unit. Performing a reset using this switch performs a complete
hardware reset on the AdderView DVI and is equivalent to switching off the power.
To perform a hardware reset, move option switch 8 to the ON position (halt and
reset) and then back to the OFF position (normal operation).
2.9 Other useful installation information
PC boot up sequence - When your PCs are powered on they communicate with
any attached keyboards and mice and setup parameters required by the particular
operating system. It is necessary for the AdderView DVI to be attached and powered
on during this sequence so that it can give the required responses and keep track of
all the modes and settings requested by each of the connected PCs.
Mouse characteristics - do not unplug a PS/2 mouse connection from a PC whilst
the PC is on. Due to the design of PS/2 mice communications the mouse function on
the PC will be lost and you will have to re-boot the PC to regain normal operation.
Unplugging the mouse from the AdderView DVI will also cause it to stop operating
when it is plugged back in. RS232 mice can usually be unplugged and plugged back
in provided that a mouse was connected when the operating system initially booted.
The AdderView DVI is fitted with a PS/2 mouse recovery system which allows you to
disconnect and re-connect the shared mouse without powering down the system
(although this is generally not advisable) - see section 2.10 for details.
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Keyboard and mouse mode switching - The AdderView DVI keeps a log of the
keyboard and mouse mode and resolution settings requested by each of the
connected PCs. These settings are automatically restored to the shared keyboard
and mouse when the AdderView DVI channel is switched thus ensuring maximum
software compatibility. The keyboard num, caps and scroll lock states are an
obvious example of this process.
2.10 Re-enabling a disconnected PS/2 mouse
If you disconnect the shared PS/2 mouse from the AdderView DVI by accident
during operation then the mouse operation will be lost when the mouse is plugged
back in. To avoid having to reboot the entire system in this situation the AdderView
DVI is fitted with an automatic mouse recovery system.
With the PS/2 mouse disconnected, change the channel using the keypad or
keyboard hotkeys. The AdderView DVI detects that the mouse has been
disconnected and triggers the automatic recovery system. Plug in the PS/2 mouse
and the AdderView DVI will re-initialise it.
Alternatively you can reset the keyboards and mice by holding down the front panel
key for 5 seconds. When the character ‘C’ is displayed on the front of the AdderView
DVI, press the front panel key again. A complete power off reset of the connected
keyboards and mice will then be performed. This function only resets the shared
keyboard and mice that are plugged into the control port. It does not affect the status
of any of the other ports on the switch or the CPU connections.
2.11 Hot plugging the AdderView DVI into running systems and reenabling disconnected CPU PS/2 mouse connections
It is advisable to switch off the systems that are going to be connected to the
AdderView DVI before installation. However, if this is not possible then most
systems can be hot plugged by using the AdderView DVI’s mouse restoration
functions. The keyboard connection will normally restore itself automatically.
On many PCs, mouse movement will be lost if the PS/2 mouse is unplugged and
plugged back in whilst the PC is running. Mouse movement can then only be
restored by rebooting the PC. This is because the mouse drivers only setup and
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enable the mouse when the PC is initially booted.
If you have switched off your AdderView DVI or you are attempting to ‘hot plug’ it
into a system that is already running, you may be able to restore lost mouse
movement using the AdderView DVI's mouse restoration functions.
Mouse restoration functions should be used with care as unpredictable
results may occur if the wrong mouse type is selected. If in doubt restore the
mouse by powering down the PC normally.
Standard PS/2 mouse data uses a different data format to IntelliMouse data and so
two reset functions are provided on the AdderView DVI. The type of data format
expected by the PC depends upon the driver and the type of mouse that was
connected when the driver was booted. The following table may be used as a guide.
Note that the mouse reset functions predict the likely mouse resolution settings but
may not restore the speed or sensitivity of the mouse exactly as they were when the
PC originally booted.
Type of mouse / system
Connected at bootup
Driver type Likely expected
data format
PS/2
PS/2
IntelliMouse / AdderView DVI
IntelliMouse / AdderView DVI
PS/2 only
IntelliMouse
PS/2 only
IntelliMouse
PS/2
PS/2
PS/2
IntelliMouse
Suggested
restoration
F5
F5
F5
F6
To restore lost mouse movement on a CPU connected to the AdderView DVI:
1) Select the CPU that has lost its mouse movement
2) Press the select key on the front of the AdderView DVI for 5 seconds until ‘C’ is
displayed. You are now in configure mode.
3) To restore a PS/2 mouse connection press
F 5 f
Or, to restore an IntelliMouse connection press
F 6 f
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4) Exit from configure mode by typing
E f
5) Test the mouse movement by moving the mouse a short distance.
F5 - Restore PS/2 mouse function
F6 - Restore IntelliMouse function
2.12 Upgrading the AdderView's flash memory
The AdderView DVI uses flash memory technology which enables the firmware code
to be upgraded by the user. Upgrades are performed by connecting a PC's serial
port to the AdderView's options port and running an upgrade program on the PC.
This upgrade program downloads the new firmware to the AdderView and checks
that the data has been programmed correctly.
To perform a firmware upgrade on your AdderView DVI you will need a suitable
serial upgrade cable and an IBM PC compatible computer with an RS232 serial port
and an operating system that supports DOS. Upgrade cables may be purchased for
Adder Technology or may be made using the wiring specification given in Appendix
A4. You will also need to download the latest version of the AdderView DVI firmware
which is available free of charge at www.addertec.com.
To perform a flash upgrade on the AdderView DVI:
Step 1 - Connect your computer to the AdderView
Connect your computer's serial port to the AdderView DVI's options port (labelled
OPTIONS/FLASH).
Step 2 - Select flash upgrade mode using option switch 7
Move option switch 7 on the underside of the AdderView DVI to the ON position.
Step 3 - Reset the AdderView DVI
Reset the AdderView DVI by moving option switch 8 to the ON position (halt and
reset) and then back to the OFF position (normal operation). Alternatively you may
reset the AdderView by powering off all the attached computers and removing the
optional power adapter.
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Step 4 - Ensure that the AdderView is powered on
Ensure that the AdderView is powered on. It is normally possible to upgrade the
AdderView when it is powered from a single computer, however it is good practice to
ensure that there is the maximum possible power availability during flash upgrades
and so if possible ensure that all the computers are powered on. The upgrade
program monitors the AdderView's voltage and will not allow an upgrade to be
performed if the voltage is insufficient.
The display should now show:
Step 5 - Run the upgrade program
The latest version of the AdderView DVI firmware is available from the Adder
Technology website at www.addertec.com. The program and data files are
supplied as a pair e.g.
AVG129.EXE
AVG129.HEX
and should be downloaded to the same directory on your PC. Run the file
AVGxxx.EXE (e.g. AVG129.EXE) and follow the on-screen instructions. During the
upgrade the display will show an upper case U and the dot will flash to show that the
upgrade is in progress.
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The display will again show a lower case U when the download is complete. Move
option switch 7 to the OFF position to exit upgrade mode and start normal operation.
You may check the new firmware version by entering configure mode and using the
firmware version query function.
Some useful issues to bear in mind when performing flash upgrades
The upgrade program rewrites the AdderView's firmware code. If the upgrade
process is interrupted then the AdderView will have invalid code and will not be able
to operate. It is therefore good practice to ensure that the upgrade process is always
fully completed. A partial or failed upgrade may be rectified by performing another
upgrade. If the upgrade process is interrupted accidentally then you should
immediately repeat the upgrade process without moving switch 7 from the flash
upgrade (ON) position. Switch 7 forces the AdderView into flash upgrade mode and
prevents the upgraded code from being run. Running faulty or partially upgraded
code may have unpredictable results and may damage your AdderView or
computing equipment. For obvious reasons, the code that the AdderView uses to
perform upgrades is not itself upgradeable - a common problem on some flash
upgradeable products that could effectively be destroyed by a partial upgrade!
WARNING - Running faulty or partially upgraded code may have unpredictable
results and may damage your AdderView or computing equipment.
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3. Using the AdderView DVI
This section explains the general operation of the AdderView DVI. We recommend
that you read this section before starting to use the product.
IMPORTANT NOTE
Some DVI video cards need to communicate with a monitor before they will
output a video signal. This communication normally occurs within the first 5
seconds after the computer has been powered on. The computer can only
communicate with the monitor if it is the currently selected computer. If you
have this type of DVI video card you will need to select the computer before
switching the computer on. To make this process easy for you we have built
an auto-switch function into the AdderView DVI. With the auto-switch function
enabled the AdderView will automatically switch to a computer when the
computer is powered on. When powering on several computers you should
power them on in sequence, waiting a few seconds between each one to allow
the video card to communicate with the monitor.
•
•
To enable the auto-scan function move switch 1 on the underside of the
AdderView DVI to the ON position.
To disable the auto-scan function move switch 1 on the underside of the
AdderView DVI to the OFF position.
3.1 Power on status
At power on the AdderView DVI selects computer 1 and displays '1'. If a password
has been set then ‘P’ will be displayed and the AdderView DVI will remain locked
until a valid password is entered.
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.
3.2 Front panel key and remote controller
The front panel key is used to select which channel is currently controlled by the
shared keyboard, mouse and monitor ports. Pressing the key during normal
operation will cause the next channel to be selected.
The key can also be used to access the AdderView DVI’s configuration mode (see
section 2.6). To do this press the key and hold it down for 5 seconds until ‘C’
appears on the AdderView DVI’s front panel display.
An optional remote controller is also available which replicates the front panel key
and display, but can be located remotely from the AdderView DVI. This is
particularly useful in applications where the AdderView DVI is located away from the
desktop. The remote controller can be conveniently attached to your keyboard with
a couple of Velcro strips to give instant channel information and key control.
3.3 Status display
The status display usually shows the currently selected port. If autoscan mode is
selected, the segments will illuminate in sequence in a clockwise direction
interspersed with a display of the currently selected channel. If AdderView DVI has
been locked, ‘P’ will be displayed until a valid password has been typed to unlock
the unit. Data flow from the mouse or keyboard causes the dot to flash.
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3.4 Keyboard hotkey control
AdderView DVI can be conveniently controlled by selecting channel, autoscan mode
or security locking from the keyboard. All of the hotkey control commands are
invoked by holding down the two hotkeys and then pressing a command key. By
default, the two hotkeys are ‘CTRL’ and ‘ALT’, although other combinations can be
selected by reconfiguring the hotkeys (see section 4.4). Once the hotkey command
has been activated you will need to release the hotkeys and the command key
before a new hotkey command is accepted by the AdderView DVI. HOTKEYs + TAB
is an exception and this allows you to 'tab through' the ports by holding down the
hotkeys and repeatedly pressing TAB.
The hotkey command are summarised below (note that the numbers on the numeric
keypad do not form part of a valid hotkey) :
‘HOTKEYs’ and ‘1’ - selects channel 1
‘HOTKEYs’ and ‘2’ - selects channel 2
‘HOTKEYs’ and ‘3’ - selects channel 3
‘HOTKEYs’ and ‘4’ - selects channel 4
‘HOTKEYs’ and ‘TAB’ - selects the next channel
‘HOTKEYs’ and ‘A’ - selects autoscan mode where each channel is displayed for
the selected time (see section 4.2). To cancel autoscan mode simply select any
fixed channel either by hotkey or using the AdderView DVI button.
‘HOTKEYs’ and ‘0’ – switches off the video signal and displays 0. This will cause
some monitors to go into standby mode or switch off. The video signal can be reenabled by selecting a channel.
‘HOTKEYs’ and ‘L’ - disables the AdderView DVI's keyboard and mouse and
displays 0. The video signal is switched off. If a password has not been set then the
AdderView DVI can be re-enabled by selecting a channel. If a password has been
set then the AdderView DVI displays 'P' to indicate that a valid password must be
entered to unlock the switch. Simply type the same key combination as was set
during configuration (see section 4.7) followed by the (return) key. Note - if anyone
has typed at the keyboard whilst in secure mode, it will be necessary to type (return)
first to clear the invalid password, then type the valid password followed by (return)
again.
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Examples of common hotkey sequences (assuming CTRL + ALT hotkey option):
To select channel 2:
press
ba2
release
2ba
To 'tab through' channels:
press
ba v release v press v
release
v press v release vba
3.5 Mouse control
Computers may conveniently be selected using a three button mouse. In order to
switch to the next computer simply hold down the central mouse button (the wheel
mouse button on an IntelliMouse) and click on the left hand mouse button to select
the next computer or the right hand mouse button to select the previous computer. If
the AdderView has been set to scan active ports then the next or previous active
channel will be selected. If it has been set to scan all ports then the next or previous
numerical channel in sequence will be selected (see section 4.5 for more details).
Mouse switching may be enabled or disabled by setting options during configuration
(see section 4.3). When mouse switching is disabled the third button or wheel button
state is ‘passed through’ the AdderView and seen by the application software.
Hold down centre button (
)
Press and release left hand button
Hold down centre button (
)
Press and release right hand button
(
(
) to select next computer
AdderView DVI
) to select previous computer
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3.6 RS232 control
AdderView DVI can be controlled by a remote RS232 device. To select a channel
the data rate of the sending device must be set to 1200 baud, 8 bits, no parity and 1
stop bit. No handshaking is used by the AdderView DVI. Simply send the character
for the channel which needs to be selected, for example ASCII ‘1’ (hex code 31) will
select channel 1, ASCII ‘2’ (hex code 32) will select channel 2 and so on. The
AdderView will echo the ASCII character back to the sending device when the
channel has been changed. The serial interface pins are found on the options
connector on the rear of the AdderView. Pin assignments for this connector are
given in appendix A.
3.7 Cascading AdderView DVIs
AdderView DVI switches can be connected together to expand the number of
connected computers. When cascading AdderView DVIs a power adapter
(AVGPSU) must be connected to each AdderView DVI. AdderView DVIs can be
connected in a cascaded tree structure. This can be particularly useful where
clusters of computers are located some distance from each other because each unit
acts as data booster and can each be up to 5 metres away from the next AdderView
DVI. The channel can be selected on remote AdderView DVI units using an
extension of the HOTKEY control .
For example, consider a situation where two AdderView DVI units are connected
together as shown below. To connect to the computer attached to port 3 on
AdderView DVI B the user would hold down the hotkey keys then press ‘2’ followed
by ‘3’, whilst keeping the hotkey keys pressed. This will have the effect of connecting
to port ‘3’ of the AdderView DVI which is connected into port ‘2’ of the first
AdderView DVI unit A.
For example to connect to port 3 on the AdderView DVI cascaded off port 2 of your
first AdderView DVI use:
press
ba2release 2
press
AdderView DVI
3release 3ba
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ADDERView DVI
A (master)
1
2
ADDERView DVI
B (cascade)
3
A typical cascade of two AdderView DVIs
3.8 Synchronising AdderView DVIs for multiple video head
applications
Multiple AdderViews may be connected together so that they operate in a
synchronised manner. Synchronised operation is useful for applications that require
multiple video signals to be switched together. This type of operation is usually
required where each computer is fitted with multiple video cards or video cards with
multiple video heads. Such configurations are typically required in banking and
engineering applications where greater video 'real estate' is required. Whenever the
AdderView's channel is switched it sends an RS232 command out on its serial
interface. The AdderView switches its channel if it receives the same command on
its serial interface. Consequently, by linking the serial interfaces a master unit may
be made to automatically switch a daisy chain of slaved units as shown in the
diagram below. The slave units will require the optional power adapters because
they cannot draw their power from the video link alone.
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ADDERView DVI
A (master)
2
1
Computers
fitted with
dual video
heads
RS232
synchronisation
cable. For pinout
details see
Appendix A
Slave unit
requires option
power adapter
ADDERView DVI
B (slave)
Slave unit switches in
synchronisation with master unit
Synchronised AdderView DVIs used for a dual head video switching application
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4. AdderView DVI configuration options
All the options described in this section are entered in AdderView DVI configure
mode - see section 2.6 for instructions on entering configure mode.
4.1 Screen saver time delay
AdderView DVI contains a programmable screen saver which will blank the display
after the set time delay with no keyboard or mouse activity. Simply typing at the
keyboard or moving the mouse will re-enable the display. The display will flash
whilst the AdderView DVI is in screen save mode.
B1 - screen saver disabled (default)
B2 - Blank screen after 1 minute of inactivity
B3 - Blank screen after 2 minutes of inactivity
B4 - Blank screen after 4 minutes of inactivity
B5 - Blank screen after 8 minutes of inactivity
B6 - Blank screen after 12 minutes of inactivity
B7 - Blank screen after 16 minutes of inactivity
B8 - Blank screen after 20 minutes of inactivity
4.2 Autoscan ‘lock on’ mode and delay time
AdderView DVI can be set to select each channel in turn for a period of time set by
the autoscan delay time. Autoscan mode is entered by typing the hotkey keys
together with ‘A’. By default, only those channels which have a powered up
computer connected to them will be scanned. Sometimes it may be desirable to
scan all channels, even if the attached computer is switched off (this will simply
show a blank screen when it is selected). All the AdderView DVI’s ports will be
scanned if option L2 is selected. Some applications may also require the AdderView
DVI to power on in autoscan mode. This feature can be selected using the L3 or L4
options.
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L1 - AdderView DVI only locks on to active ports during autoscanning (default)
L2 - AdderView DVI locks on to every port in turn during autoscanning
L3 - AdderView DVI powers on in autoscan mode and locks on to active ports only
L4 - AdderView DVI powers on in autoscan mode and locks on to all ports
T1 - 2 seconds autoscan delay time before switching to next port (default)
T2 - 5 seconds autoscan delay time before switching to next port
T3 - 7 seconds autoscan delay time before switching to next port
T4 - 10 seconds autoscan delay time before switching to next port
T5 - 15 seconds autoscan delay time before switching to next port
T6 - 20 seconds autoscan delay time before switching to next port
T7 - 30 seconds autoscan delay time before switching to next port
T8 - 60 seconds autoscan delay time before switching to next port
Note: Autoscan mode is ended simply by selecting a fixed channel using the
keypad, the keyboard hotkeys or the mouse.
WARNING - Many modern monitors are fitted with automatic power save
relays and will switch off after a few seconds if connected to an inactive PC. If
you are using such a monitor you must not use the L2 feature. Constant
switching on and off of your monitor's relay will eventually damage your
monitor.
4.3 Mouse mode and mouse switching of channels
A three button PS/2 mouse or an IntelliMouse can be used to switch channels on the
AdderView DVI. To switch to the next channel, the user simply holds down the
central button or wheel button and presses the left or right hand button to change
the channel (see section 3.5). If the user does not wish to take advantage of this
feature, it can be disabled by selecting U2, U3 or U5. If the third button is being used
to switch the AdderView DVI then it is not available for use with PC software
although the function of an IntelliMouse wheel is not affected. Consequently in
modes U1, U2 and U4 the AdderView DVI reports to the PCs that a 2 button mouse
is connected. If you wish to use the full function of a 3 button mouse or IntelliMouse
for your PC software then you should select options U3 or U5.
The AdderView DVI supports ‘Internet Mice’ that are compatible with the Microsoft
IntelliMouse. These are fitted with a wheel or other scroll control and sometimes
have additional buttons.
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Examples are:
Microsoft IntelliMouse
Logitech Pilot Mouse +
Logitech MouseMan+
Genius NetMouse
Genius NetMouse Pro
Standard PS/2 and IntelliMouse compatible mice can be connected to the control
port. You may configure your CPUs using Microsoft PS/2 or IntelliMouse drivers in
any combination as required. The IntelliMouse features are supported on both PS/2
and RS232 CPU connections. When using PS/2 CPU connections, the AdderView
DVI will automatically configure itself to the type of mouse requested by the driver. If
you are using RS232 CPU connections then you will need to select mouse options
U4 or U5 to enable the IntelliMouse features.
U1 - AdderView DVI channels are switchable using a 3 button mouse
or IntelliMouse (default)
(AdderView DVI reports 2 button mouse mode to PCs)
U2 - AdderView DVI channels are not switchable using 3 button mouse
or IntelliMouse
(AdderView DVI reports 2 button mouse mode to PCs)
U3 - AdderView DVI channels are not switchable using 3 button mouse
or IntelliMouse
(AdderView DVI reports 3 button mouse mode to PCs)
U4 - AdderView DVI channels are switchable using 3 button mouse
or IntelliMouse
(AdderView DVI reports IntelliMouse mode to PCs)
U5 - AdderView DVI channels are not switchable using 3 button mouse
or IntelliMouse
(AdderView DVI reports IntelliMouse mode to PCs)
4.4 Keyboard hotkey combination
The keyboard hotkey combination is used to change a channel, set autoscan mode
or secure the product (so that the password needs to be typed before it can be used
again). The following keyboard hotkey combinations can be selected. These hotkey
combinations are used together with the command keys to trigger the required
AdderView DVI function. The left and right shift key combination is particularly
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suitable for extended keyboards where additional keys can be programmed to act as
a combination of other keys. Such keyboards are supplied with many Gateway 2000
computers. Programming spare keys to trigger the hotkey combination allows
channels to be selected via a single key stroke.
H1 - 'CTRL' and 'ALT' keys together (left or right hand keys operate) (default)
H2 - 'CTRL' and 'SHIFT' keys together (left or right hand keys operate)
H3 - 'ALT' and 'SHIFT' keys together (left and right hand keys operate)
H4 - 'RIGHT ALT' key
H5 - 'LEFT ALT' and 'RIGHT ALT' keys together
H6 - ‘LEFT CTRL’ and ‘LEFT ALT’ keys together
H7 - ‘RIGHT CTRL’ and ‘RIGHT ALT’ keys together
H8 - No hotkey enabled
4.5 Cycling between all channels or just the active channels
The AdderView DVI can be set to cycle between all channels or just the active
channels when using ‘Hotkeys + Tab’ or a three button mouse to switch the channel.
This avoids wasting time viewing channels that are not active. Option are:
U7 – Cycle between all ports when switching with ‘Hotkeys + Tab’ or three button
mouse (default)
U8 – Cycle between active ports only when switching with ‘Hokeys + Tab’ or three
button mouse
4.6 Firmware functions (version query, mouse restore and reset)
For technical support purposes, it may be necessary to find the firmware release
version for the control software in your AdderView DVI. For example, if the release
version is v1.29 the response shown to F1f
F1f will be a brief display of the digit
‘1’, then F2f
F2f will be a brief display of the digit ‘2’, then F3f
F3f will be a
brief display of the digit ‘9’. You can reset all of the configured options back to the
factory default states by typing F8f
F8f. Use options F5f
F5f and F6f
F6f
to restore mouse function on disconnected PS/2 CPU mouse connections.
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F1 - Display firmware first digit (Note: F1 is F followed by 1 NOT l )
F2 - Display firmware second digit
F3 - Display firmware third digit
F5 - Restore PS/2 mouse function to the currently selected CPU’s mouse port
F6 - Restore IntelliMouse function to the currently selected CPU’s mouse port
F8 - Reset all configurations to factory default settings. An ‘r’ will show briefly on the
display to confirm that the reset has been completed.
4.7 Setting a security password
There are many situations where unrestricted access to corporate file servers or
sensitive information needs to be controlled. In such circumstances, the AdderView
DVI can be locked away in a room or secure cabinet and controlled remotely. In this
mode typing the keyboard hotkeys together with 'L' will blank the screen, disconnect
the keyboard and mouse from all of the computers and display ‘P’ on the AdderView
DVI display. Control can only be regained by typing the correct password on the
keyboard.
To set the password in configure mode, first type ‘P’ then (return). The display on
AdderView DVI will change to show ‘=' and you can then type your password. The
password is not case sensitive and can be any combination of key strokes, including
the function keys, but excluding the (ctrl), (alt), (shift) and (return) keys. When you
have typed in your password type (return) to register it in the stored memory. Do not
worry if you type the password incorrectly, you can always re-enter configure mode
and set the password again. If you have lost the password and the AdderView DVI is
locked, the unit may be unlocked by powering down the AdderView DVI, entering
configure mode at power on (see section 2.6), and performing a complete reset
using the F8 function.
NOTE - The password consists of a combination of key strokes rather like the code
to a safe. The key strokes are not case sensitive and can include all the keys on the
keyboard (except ctrl, alt, shift and enter). Consequently the following 'password'
would be valid:
oFRED g
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4.8 Cascade query code
The AdderView DVIs use a special ‘query code’ to detect whether or not they are
connected to another AdderView DVI. By default your AdderView DVI uses query
code AD. SmartView (another range of keyboard / mouse / video switches from
Adder Technology) units with firmware versions less than 1.09 used query code EF.
This was found to conflict with a small number of other (rare) devices that used the
same query code so an alternative query code was provided to ensure compatibility.
Either query code may be used but you should make sure that all cascaded
AdderView DVI and SmartView units are set to use the same query code. If any of
the cascaded SmartViews have firmware versions less than 1.09 then the cascade
query code for all the AdderView DVIs and SmartViews should be set to EF.
L7 – Cascade query code = AD (default)
L8 – Cascade query code = EF
4.9 Resolving slow mouse problems
Due to certain technical reasons some systems running particular combinations of
operating system and mouse drivers are sensitive to small timing changes relating to
mouse communications. The introduction of a switch like the AdderView inevitably
causes some timing changes and in rare cases interactions have been observed
that causes the mouse to run very slowly. Certain HP Vectra computers running
later versions of Windows NT with Logitech mouse drivers and Logitech mice have
been observed to exhibit such interactions with older switches. One solution to this
problem is to change the mouse driver.
The AdderView DVI is a high performance device that is carefully engineered to
minimise such interactions and should not exhibit this characteristic. Nevertheless
such interactions are unpredictable and so the AdderView is fitted with a feature that
ensures that the mouse can never operate at a very slow rate regardless of such
interactions. This feature is activated using the following options:
L5 – Allow the mouse to run at any speed (default)
L6 – Don't allow the mouse to run at very slow speeds
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4.10 Exit configure mode
When you have finished configuring any special options, simply type ‘E’ followed by
(return) to exit configure mode and return to normal operation mode. The attached
computers can now be switched on.
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Appendix A. Cable and connector
specifications
IMPORTANT NOTE
The maximum cable lengths supported vary widely between devices and
cables. It may be possible to use cables that are longer than those specified
below with certain PCs and peripherals but this cannot be guaranteed. If you
experience problems try using shorter cables.
A1. Keyboard, monitor and mouse to AdderView DVI
All of the shared devices plug directly into the relevant ports at the rear of the
AdderView DVI. If you use an AT style keyboard you will need an AT (5 pin DIN
female) to PS/2 (6 pin mini-DIN male) converter.
Cable specification (interface-powered operation):
Keyboard and mouse cables should be no longer than 2 metres.
For full DVI video resolution of 1600 x 1200 @ 60Hz, the DVI cable should ideally
not exceed 2 metres. The AdderView DVI will typically drive the following DVI cable
lengths. Greater resolutions may be achievable with some monitors.
Up to 5 metres at a resolutions of 1280 x 1024 @ 60 Hz
Up to 10 metres at a resolutions of 1024 x 768 @ 60 Hz
Cable specification (with optional power adapter):
Keyboard and mouse extension cables can be used to increase the distance from
the AdderView DVI up to 10 metres. Most keyboards and mice will also operate up
to distances of 20 metres. See above for DVI video cable specifications (these don’t
change significantly from the “interface powered” configuration).
A2. AdderView DVI to PCs 1 to 4
Cable specifications:
Video – Single-link DVI-D male-to-male cables of 2 to 10 metres. High quality DVI
cables must be used - low quality cables may lead to visible noise on the display.
For full DVI resolution of 1600 x 1200 @ 60Hz, the cable should ideally not exceed 2
metres.
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The maximum DVI cable length that can be used from the PC to the AdderView DVI
will vary from PC to PC depending upon the computer’s video card, but typically 5
metres is achievable at a resolution of 1280 x 1024 @ 60 Hz and 10 metres is
achievable at a resolution of 1024 x 768 @ 60 Hz
Keyboard and PS/2 mice - 6 pin mini-DIN male connector to 6 pin mini-DIN male
connector with all lines connected straight through (1-1,2-2 etc.). For ‘interface
powered’ operation without the optional power adapter the cables should be no
longer than 5 metres (see section 2.4 for more details). For operation with the power
adapter, cables should be no longer than 30 metres.
RS232 serial mice - these require a special converter to connect the RS232 lines
present on the AdderView DVI mouse ports to the RS232 port on a PC.
Cables should be no longer than 30 metres.
NOTE - There are several common wiring specifications for 6-pin mini-DIN to
9-pin serial adapters. If you have an adapter that has been supplied with a
mouse it may have a completely different internal wiring to that shown above
and may not be compatible with the AdderView
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Recommended cables:
For convenience, and high video quality we recommend the following Adder PS/2
and DVI cables.
The video cables are constructed to ensure that high video quality is maintained.
These cables are available in various different lengths to suit your requirements.
Please quote the following part codes when ordering from your supplier.
Part Code
VSC3
VSC8
VSA1
VSCD1
VSCD2
Description
PS/2 PC to AdderView, 2 metres long
PS/2 PC to AdderView, 5 metres long
Serial to PS/2 mouse adapter
DVI-D single-link cable, 2 meters long
DVI-D single-link cable, 5 meters long
A3. Options port pin assignments
The 15 way D connector located on the back of the AdderView DVI (labelled
OPTIONS / FLASH) provides connections for the remote control module and allows
an external RS232 device to control the AdderView DVI. See section 3.6 for more
details.
Pin 9 = GND
Pin 10 = TXD
Pin 11 = RXD
Other pins to be left unconnected
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A.4 Flash upgrade cable connection
The cable connections shown below are to connect either COM1 or COM2 of a PC
to the AdderView DVI to allow flash upgrades.
A.5 RS232 synchronisation cable pin assignments
The cable connections shown below are to connect two AdderView DVIs together
for synchronised operation (see section 3.8)
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Appendix B.
Problem Solving
Problem:
Noise on video display.
Action:
Use higher quality DVI video cables. Reduce graphics card resolution or refresh rate.
Use a shorter DVI cable.
Problem:
Mouse does not move cursor on screen.
Action:
Ensure that the mouse and computer are both connected to AdderView DVI before power is
connected and ensure that the AdderView DVI is powered on before the attached computer. Ensure
that your software is configured to accept a Microsoft compatible mouse of the type that you have
connected (PS/2 or RS232). If you move the mouse and the activity indicator (dot on 7 segment
display) does not flash then the AdderView DVI is not receiving data from the mouse. Check the
mouse connection to the AdderView DVI, try resetting the mouse using the reset function (section
2.10) or re-powering the AdderView DVI. If you are attempting to connect the AdderView DVI to a
CPU with a PS/2 mouse connection that has not been powered down then you will need to use the
mouse restoration functions F5 or F6 (see section 2.11).
Problem:
Keyboard does not function or functions intermittently. Num lock light does not always come on when
the num lock key is pressed.
Action:
Some older keyboards were designed for use with specific computers and are not truly AT or PS/2
compatible. These are not common but if you experience problems try another keyboard.
Problem:
Mouse causes channel to change.
Action:
Some cheaper mice are not fully compatible with the AdderView DVI and can lose data causing the
channel to be changed (if mouse switching of channels is enabled). If you experience this problem
then change the mouse and use a Microsoft, Logitech, IBM, Compaq or Hewlett-Packard type. Ensure
that you are using a Microsoft compatible mouse driver on your PC. Some other manufacturers’
drivers may switch the mouse to use a proprietary mouse data format not supported by the AdderView
DVI. If you have unplugged and re-connected a mouse to the AdderView DVI then ensure that you
reset it using the mouse reset function (see section 2.10).
Problem:
Mouse jumps around the screen after disconnecting the mouse cable or powering down the
AdderView DVI.
Action:
If you have disconnected and re-connected a CPU mouse cable or you have powered down the
AdderView DVI then the mouse data format may be out of synchronisation with that required by the
PC (PS/2 or Intellimouse). Try the ‘restore Intellimouse’ function (F6) to resolve the problem or repower the CPU.
Problem:
Mouse moves very slowly but otherwise functions correctly.
Action:
Change the mouse driver to a Microsoft type or take the action recommended in section 4.9.
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