This is a generalized question that I've run up against several times. I am at a loss in understanding what is different from a "gaming" keyboard when compared to a typical keyboard, and why this causes issues with KVM switches. To narrow the question a bit, I am looking specifically at gaming keyboards that don't require the installation of specialized software to make use of them.
My specific problem is that I own a Corsair K95 Platinum RGB keyboard and am using it through a StarTech SV231DPUA KVM switch. The KVM hotkey sequence for switching between computers is tapping the Scroll Lock button twice in rapid succession and then pressing another key to select a computer. Regular keyboards work fine. My previous gaming keyboard (Logitech) also worked fine. No issues whatsoever. But my K95 does not trigger this functionality and I can't figure out why.
I loaded up a Keyboard Event Viewer from the internet and confirmed that the key codes all appear to be identical between the three keyboards, so I would assume the KVM switch would see these characters in the very same manner regardless of the keyboard being used. Clicking the
Scroll Lock key generates the same output on the K95 as it does my other keyboards.
Can anyone explain what the technical difference is with the K95 -- or gaming keyboards in general -- that contributes to this behavior? Everything else seems to work great through the KVM.