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Keyboard/Mouse Switch Unit

Keyboard/Mouse Switch Unit
Unplugging or re-connecting equipment to the serial COM or PS2 connector always gives problems if the PC is running. Even if you only need to swap a mouse or changeover from a graphics keyboard to a standard keyboard. The chances are that the connected equipment will not communicate with the PC, it will always be necessary to re-boot. If you are really unlucky you may have damaged the PC or the peripheral device.
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Gerber file

CAM/CAD data for the PCB referred to in this article is available as a Gerber file. Elektor GREEN and GOLD members can exclusively download these files for free as part of their membership. Gerber files allow a PCB to be produced on an appropriate device available locally, or through an online PCB manufacturing service.

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Component list
R1 = 2kOhm 2
R2 = 47kOhm
R3 = 10kOhm
R4 = 4kOhm 7
R5 = 1kOhm
R6 = 1kOhm 2
C1 = 10µ F 10V radial
C2 = 1000µ F 10V radial
C3 = 2200µ F 10V radial
C4 = 2µ F2 10V radial
D1-D5 = 1N4148
T1 = BC547
IC1 = 4066 or 74HCT4066
RE1 = bistable relay 4 c/o contacts (Takamisawa, Conrad Electronics #502936)
RE2 = monostable relay 2 c/o contacts (Takamisawa, Conrad Electronics #504700)
K1,K2,K3 = 6-way Mini-DIN socket (pins at 240°, PCB mount
S1,S2 = pushbutton (ITT D6-R)
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