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ATEN CS1784A 4 Port Dual-Link DVI KVM with USB 2.0 and 2.1 Audio Support
  • Owned For: more than 1 year

Pros: Good KVM switch. Does the trick. Best support of all the KVM Vendors I've tried. I've owned Avocent, Belkin, Startech, etc.

My unit is technically the CS1784. I would imagine the A revision unit here is just upgraded. Would be interested in hearing about the upgrades / updates in the CS1784A.

Haven't actually used it on a 2560X1600 DVI-D compatible monitor yet but bought it in case I wished to upgrade to a DVI-D monitor. My monitor is a 1920X1200 Gateway 24".

Comes with 4 KVM cables. You provide your own console cables to the unit.

Cons: A little pricier than some, but you get what you pay for.

Only problem I've run across is running fancy mice / keyboard setups. Other than that, not a big problem. Rarely have had to mess with this unit. Have had for many years now.

Presume the slightly newer CS1784A unit is similar and just as reliable.

Other Thoughts: Hint: Use the front USB or back USB connector (not the identifed keyboard / mouse connector) with your fancier Logitech or MS mice that have special wheels, buttons, etc.

I have an MX1100 that works with this switch. Had to update the firmware.

The HSM (Hotkey Settings Mode) manager is a little funky. Just a note, I somehow changed the HSM invocation sequence to the alternate Control - F12 method. (Please see the manual.) Invoking HSM and typing H brings you back to the NumLock and "-" key sequence. That stalled me for a while with the whole firmware upgrade process.

I used a separate machine off of the KVM switch with a com port hooked up to my monitor's VGA input. That did the trick for me and the special Logitech mouse functions for the MX1100 running the latest Set Point Control Center Version 6.51.8 and Driver Version 5.50.98 running on Win 7 64 are running just fine with this KVM.

Middle mouse wheel click works in Ubuntu Linux 12.04 on this KVM.

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GIGABYTE GA-880GM-UD2H AM3 AMD 880G HDMI Micro ATX AMD Motherboard
  • Owned For: more than 1 year

1 out of 5 eggs Blue Screen City / Poor RMA Communication 02/15/2013

This review is from: GIGABYTE GA-880GM-UD2H AM3 AMD 880G HDMI Micro ATX AMD Motherboard

Pros: Lots of stuff integrated onto motherboard.

Cons: Not reliable motherboard in my opinion. Used it for about 6 months or so then it just died.

Gigabyte tech keeps telling me that the RAM tests good.

I take RAM from existing known good systems that pass Memtest+86 4.20 - including some that are Gigabyte boards and it fails at 43%. Constant blue screens.

Sent to Gigabyte for RMA and they just send it back to me and say it passes Memtest. I asked for a replacement board directly on my notes on my system configuration sheet they ask you to fill out. This is the second time I sent in the board.

No communication via phone / e-mail or nothing. They just send me the bad board back saying "memtest burning 12 HR OK".

Tell you what, if you say it's my RAM, then sell me the RAM you have on your test bench you used on this motherboard that passes the Memtest+86 bench test and doesn't blue screen my Windows. Because I've tested Kingston HyperX, Crucial, GSkill, and Patriot DDR3 1600 over here from known good machines and they all fail the Memory test and blue screen any Windows install.

No overclocking or anything fancy here. Some of the tested RAM are from machines that have Gigabyte motherboards that memtest fine.

Other Thoughts: First time I've had to use Gigabyte RMA / repair. Mostly their boards have been pretty reliable for me.

This one definitely is not reliable. I am not impressed with Gigabyte RMA / repair department sending me back the board and saying it passed Memtest +86 with a 12 Hour Burn. I will post a video of failure later as proof.

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Rosewill RSV-R26LX 26
  • Owned For: more than 1 year

Pros: See other comments. Best way to mount and unmount is to pull out rails.

I presume you have already mounted the rails to the side of your server / workstation chassis with the screws and/or standard mounting hardware.

Place the "male" rails on the side of the chassis and glide into the extended female rails that are mounted in your rack. The unit will only slide in so far. Then you will have to take your fingers and trigger some extension locks so they snap in so that your rails will continue to slide in all the way.

If you have very heavy equipment, enlist the help of a second human being to lift up or hold up the chassis while the racks are connected and fully extended and you are triggering the extension locks. You could have a bad equipment accident or stress failure if you don't.

Cons: Can't seem to figure out how I would get this product to mount my various server chassis boxes fully flush inside my APC NetShelter 25U box. Oh well, the exterior doors still close and can lock if I need to so I guess I can't complain.

Other Thoughts: Nothing else really. I think it's a decent product for a fair price.

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Charles J.'s Profile

Display Name: Charles J.

Date Joined: 08/18/06

  • Reviews: 16
  • Helpfulness: 10
  • First Review: 11/16/06
  • Last Review: 02/23/13
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