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Legion Y44w-10 KVM Setup

2019-11-18, 16:51 PM

Hi.

Just bought one of these monitors but there is no guide or setup instructions on how to get the KVM working.  I can see PBP via HDMI and DP but my keyboard / mouse only works on my main PC which has the USB3.1 to USB-C cable plugged in.  My Keyboard / mouse is plugged into the monitor.   How do I get my laptop via HDMI to use the keyboard and mouse?

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Re: Legion Y44w-10 KVM Setup

2019-11-19, 12:59 PM

Hi Paul2020!

 

Welcome to the Community Forums!

 

The keyboard and Mouse should automatically when when it is connected to the Y44W-10. Is the drivers are fully installed on your computer? You can download the drivers here https://support.lenovo.com/us/en/solutions/pd500282.

 

Here's also the User Manual : https://download.lenovo.com/consumer/monitor/lenovo_y44w-10_ug_en.pdf.

 

Regards,

Jerry_Lenovo



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Re: Legion Y44w-10 KVM Setup

2019-11-21, 16:15 PM

Hi Jerry

Thanks for your reply.  I had already followed your advice and installed the up to date drivers but I still can get this working.  The manual doesn't show how the KVM/PBP function works very well.  To explain my setup a little clearer my setup is as follows:

 

Monitor:

Keyboard and Mouse connected to the two USB 3.x ports in underside of monitor.  ( The ones where you normally connect the speacker cable)

 

Desktop Computer

Video connected via DP

Supplied USB-A (Computer) to USB-C (Monitor) cable plugged into the USB-C 5G port

 

Laptop Computer

Video connected via HDMI

USB-A (Computer) to USB-C (Monitor) cable plugged into the USB-C 10G port

 

From this I can setup PBP to display the DP on one sifde of the monitor and the HDMI on the other side.  The issue is that the keyboard/mouse will only work on the desktop computer.  I've done a quite a bit of searching but can't find a solution.

 

Thanks

Paul

 

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Re: Legion Y44w-10 KVM Setup

2019-12-18, 20:23 PM

Paul! I feel you. I just got this monitor and the documentation is absolutely terrible. No mention of "KVM" on the "user manual", which is only available online as a PDF (not in box).

 

The only way I can see to change the input, is to use the OSD (on-screen display) to switch it. It is under the "Advanced" menu, the submenu is "USB Source Selection" this changes whether the USB-A inputs are sent out via the USB-C 10G port or the USB-C 5G port.

It works, but it's not very user friendly - at least several button clicks to switch... not at all "KVM-like".

 

Lenovo, or someone else, please provide guidance on how to make it easier to switch which USB-C output is getting the USB-A inputs sent to.

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Re: Legion Y44w-10 KVM Setup

2020-02-08, 18:46 PM
Hi, I haven't been able to setup the KVM either. I looked at all the options in the menu and I don't know how to use this monitor's KVM built in capabilities.

Ideally my setup would be to use: one laptop's USB-C to the monitor's USB-C 5G, and another laptop's USB-C to the monitor's USB-C 10G. I would expect that depending on which source is selected in the monitor, the USB peripheral inputs switch to that USB-C target.

Not ideal but I could also set it up with additional video wires (HDMI & Display Port).

I haven't installed the Y44W-10 drivers as I haven't found an installer for OSX (or Linux), I don't have a Windows machine. Where are the other versions of this driver?
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Re:Legion Y44w-10 KVM Setup

2020-02-27, 2:36 AM
Hey Happiness801 and Paul, this is exactly what I'm looking for! How do I use this monitor's KVM? it is a mistery! The marketing and the product team in Lenovo do not talk to each other, one advertises it while the other probably does not know it has to document it (or include it (?) ) Anyhow, the user manual does not have a section telling you how to use it. As a KVM user, the expectation is that there's a single button press in the KVM device (or, in this case the monitor) to swap the keyboard, mouse and display input over to the next computer connected. Or, a key combination/sequence that you can use at the keyboard to perform this selection. It is not that hard, $50 iogear devices do that. Okay, maybe they do this via driver functionality? well, there are no Linux/OSX drivers published which blocks me out to use it. Until there is a section in the manual on how to use the KVM, this is an imaginary feature that Lenovo is advertising for the Y44w monitor. My current setup is extremely dysfunctional because I have to swap manually the keyboard/mouse USB wires plus the 3 button presses it takes for the display to switch the video source. I'm really tempted at this point to buy an external KVM which would defeat the purpose of buying this expensive piece of technology. Also tweeted this out: https://twitter.com/benjaesq/status/1232857995333099522
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Re:Legion Y44w-10 KVM Setup

2020-03-12, 5:24 AM

did you try the Artery windows app for configuring the KVM? I read that from tech support but in my case when I installed Artery it just fails to launch so I can't even try that.

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Re:Legion Y44w-10 KVM Setup

2020-04-14, 15:23 PM

Just got this monitor and was wondering about that myself. This is false advertising.

 

"one-key KVM" - https://www.lenovo.com/gb/en/accessories-and-monitors/monitors/gaming/Y44w-10A18434LY0-43-4Monitor-HDMI-SPK/p/65EARAC1UK

Seems to be copy-paste of the soemwhat identical Thinkvision product

 

Optionally, you can upgrade your FW to the thinkvision one (worked for me): https://support.lenovo.com/us/en/solutions/HT508919

 

This remaps the gaming button on your monitor to the KVM functionality. I'm not sure what the other side-effects are of this upgrade, but my monitor seems to work fine.

 

AFAIK, the difference between the Legion and the Thinkvision monitors is the factory calibration, so if the KVM functionality is important to you (was for me), I guess you can upgrade the FW like I did (I do not take responsibility if something goes wrong + I could not locate the original FW if we ever wish to revert back)

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Re:Legion Y44w-10 KVM Setup

2020-04-19, 21:30 PM
I've tried this method but you will lose the abbility of 2:1 PBP Which was one my reasons to get this lcd. Now I'm scrubbing the net to find original firmware. Can somebody from support reading this can provide the Legion Firmware?
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Re:Legion Y44w-10 KVM Setup

2020-04-20, 9:46 AM

Hi

 

Getting this monitor delivered tomorrow and would like the KVM functionality to work as advertised if possible

 

Did the change of firmware allow the freesync to still work? Looking at the specs of the thinkvision equivalent monitor it seems to not have freesync capability so wondered if changing the firmware disabled this feature

 

Thanks

 

 

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