is there any way to use one computer at the same time with another user?

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  1. netkilla

    netkilla Guest

    if you have another monitor/keyboard/mouse?

    i set up a computer at work (point of sale system, like a registeR) but it be nice if people taking phone orders could use the same computer..

    can this be done or am i stuck having to buy another computer and just networking them?
     
  2. Shibboleth

    Shibboleth teh mad Plato skillz

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    Sorry, but no. That is not how computers work. They could share it with two keyboards, mice, and monitors, but they would only ever be able to use one cursor. just get one from dell for like $250 which includes a monitor.
     
  3. EvilSS

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    While not practical and rarely, if ever, used anymore, what you said is technically not true. Back in the day (and really up until the Winframe and even NT TSE 4 days0 they had terminal cards that were essentially what he was talking about plus a box that it all plugged into and a (usually ISA) card in the server. They allowed a small workgroup to use one server, each user under a different session, physically connected to the machine.

    In reality though, it's not practical anymore nor would it be cheaper than adding PC's. Just get more PC's (they're cheap like you said).
     
  4. bandwagon

    bandwagon Copy/Paste

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    What operating system? *NIX will handle this quite elegantly. Microsoft... not so much.
     
  5. EvilSS

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    Multiple KB/Mice/Monitors on the SAME PC with users in different sessions ? Without any other PC's in the environment?
     
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    :werd: I've seen this done a few times with linux.
     
  7. EvilSS

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    Multiple KB/Mice/Monitors on the SAME PC with users in different sessions ? Without any other PC's in the environment?
     
  8. CyberBullets

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    yes. it is possible with linux.
     
  9. EvilSS

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    How?
     
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    CyberBullets I reach to the sky, and call out your name. If I c

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    multiple sessions of X directed to a specific video card. then you can also specify what IO resources work with a certain session.
     
  11. EvilSS

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    Cool. Sounds the same as those old multi-head Windows systems.
     
  12. netkilla

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    yea i seen one computer being used at the same time with 2 users..

    im stuck using windows with the point of sale software from quicken tho :o

    yea didnt think of ordering it from dell, i got an account with them and they are very cheap now that i think about it.. mehh
     
  13. Shibboleth

    Shibboleth teh mad Plato skillz

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    That's interesting, thanks for the info.
     
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    Here is an example of a "Six-headed, Six-user Linux System".

    http://linuxgazette.net/124/smith.html
     
  15. MR Yasir

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    back when I worked at a computer store, one of our vendors brought a demo motherboard that allowed two users at the same time on the same computer. There was a very larger performance penalty (and I believe it was a socket A board) but it did work as advertised. We used it for a day or two but there was really no market for it at the time so we never ordered any. I can't remember who made.


    edit: Found it. Made by Jetway, looks like they have a complete line of these "Magic Twin" boards and pcs:

    http://www.jetwaycomputer.com/magictwin.html
     
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  16. EvilSS

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    Ah yea, I remember those. I remember we were talking about them at work and the first response was always "cool", then the second response was always "but why".
     

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