Jump to content


two mice on one computer


  • Please log in to reply
17 replies to this topic

#1 OFFLINE   jthom203

jthom203

    Message Adept

  • Members
  • PipPipPip
  • 80 posts

Posted 10 March 2006 - 12:53 PM

does anybody know if it is possible to have two mice with two separate poiners in windows xp, if its possible could you please tell me how

#2 OFFLINE   crp

crp

    Board Bigwig

  • Members
  • PipPipPipPipPipPipPipPipPipPipPip
  • 2,665 posts

Posted 10 March 2006 - 01:19 PM

View Postjthom203, on Mar 10 2006, 09:53 AM, said:

does anybody know if it is possible to have two mice with two separate poiners in windows xp, if its possible could you please tell me how
I don't see how this would be possible without MAJOR modifications to the operating system or to the mouse driver so that the non-primary mouse would not create focus points.
Of all tyrannies, a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive. It would be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies. The robber baron's cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated; but those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end for they do so with the approval of their own conscience. ~C. S. Lewis

#3 OFFLINE   Peachy

Peachy

    Anarquista De Sartorial

  • Forum Moderators
  • 5,378 posts

Posted 10 March 2006 - 01:45 PM

Actually, it is quite easy to do, especially with USB devices. The focus only goes to the device that is being used. Touchpads on notebooks count as an input device and you can plug in a USB mouse and both will continue to work. If you have a drawing tablet, it behaves as a mouse, too and works fine even with your regular mouse still attached.

'freedom...is actually the reason that men live together in political organisations at all. Without it, political life as such would be meaningless. The raison d'Être of politics is freedom, and its field of experience is action'.
My Flickr Photo Blog Posted Image
del.icio.us bookmarks Posted Image


#4 OFFLINE   Temmu

Temmu

    The Assimilator

  • Forum MVP
  • 11,969 posts

Posted 10 March 2006 - 02:19 PM

i've used pc's with two input devices, but only one on-screen pointer shows up.  as already said, the device being used controlled the pointer.i've seen a hardware solution that allows two keyboards and two mice for 1 pc/monitor.  i couldn't imagine it in use!
Posted Image

#5 OFFLINE   lewmur

lewmur

    Discussion Deity

  • Members
  • PipPipPipPipPipPipPipPipPipPipPipPip
  • 3,243 posts

Posted 10 March 2006 - 03:03 PM

View PostTemmu, on Mar 10 2006, 03:19 PM, said:

i've used pc's with two input devices, but only one on-screen pointer shows up.  as already said, the device being used controlled the pointer.i've seen a hardware solution that allows two keyboards and two mice for 1 pc/monitor.  i couldn't imagine it in use!
Yeah.  Most people with notebook computers do this all the time.  But, as you said, with only one cursor.  Why someone would *want* two cursors, is beyond me.

#6 OFFLINE   Temmu

Temmu

    The Assimilator

  • Forum MVP
  • 11,969 posts

Posted 10 March 2006 - 07:54 PM

Posted Image Click pix to go to site...
Posted Image

#7 OFFLINE   jthom203

jthom203

    Message Adept

  • Members
  • PipPipPip
  • 80 posts

Posted 11 March 2006 - 05:35 PM

ok this is actually for some one in my computer science class. he is using virtual pc and wants to have two pointers so that he can basically have 2 seperate computers running off one.

#8 OFFLINE   Peachy

Peachy

    Anarquista De Sartorial

  • Forum Moderators
  • 5,378 posts

Posted 11 March 2006 - 06:14 PM

If this person installs the Virtual PC Additions then s/he doesn't have to constantly keep uncapturing and capturing the mouse when working with the vm.

'freedom...is actually the reason that men live together in political organisations at all. Without it, political life as such would be meaningless. The raison d'Être of politics is freedom, and its field of experience is action'.
My Flickr Photo Blog Posted Image
del.icio.us bookmarks Posted Image


#9 OFFLINE   jthom203

jthom203

    Message Adept

  • Members
  • PipPipPip
  • 80 posts

Posted 11 March 2006 - 08:09 PM

he wants to use the Vm and the physical machine at the same time

#10 OFFLINE   Peachy

Peachy

    Anarquista De Sartorial

  • Forum Moderators
  • 5,378 posts

Posted 11 March 2006 - 08:32 PM

That should not be a problem; just put the VM in a window rather than full screen. The VM uses the same mouse as the physical host.

'freedom...is actually the reason that men live together in political organisations at all. Without it, political life as such would be meaningless. The raison d'Être of politics is freedom, and its field of experience is action'.
My Flickr Photo Blog Posted Image
del.icio.us bookmarks Posted Image


#11 OFFLINE   Temmu

Temmu

    The Assimilator

  • Forum MVP
  • 11,969 posts

Posted 12 March 2006 - 07:02 AM

more ram = better128mb or less, er, well....
Posted Image

#12 OFFLINE   jthom203

jthom203

    Message Adept

  • Members
  • PipPipPip
  • 80 posts

Posted 17 March 2006 - 02:10 AM

ya i know you can use the same mouse but he needs two mice with 2 seperate cursors.

#13 OFFLINE   Temmu

Temmu

    The Assimilator

  • Forum MVP
  • 11,969 posts

Posted 17 March 2006 - 02:39 PM

sorry, i've work many years around cad/cam stuff with multiple inputs, but haven't seen two simultaneous cursors onscreen.someone could write a driver for such, having it listen to the port that the device was attached; but that's beyond me...
Posted Image

#14 OFFLINE   jthom203

jthom203

    Message Adept

  • Members
  • PipPipPip
  • 80 posts

Posted 17 March 2006 - 09:53 PM

well thanks for your input

#15 OFFLINE   Marsden11

Marsden11

    Posting Prodigy

  • Members
  • PipPipPipPipPipPipPipPipPipPip
  • 2,078 posts

Posted 17 March 2006 - 11:03 PM

To write a driver would simply be impossible. How would the system know which mouse pointer has "focus?" How would you pass focus off between two competing mouse pointers? You will never see it on a single screen setup.

#16 OFFLINE   jthom203

jthom203

    Message Adept

  • Members
  • PipPipPip
  • 80 posts

Posted 19 March 2006 - 02:16 AM

View PostMarsden11, on Mar 17 2006, 08:03 PM, said:

To write a driver would simply be impossible. How would the system know which mouse pointer has "focus?" How would you pass focus off between two competing mouse pointers? You will never see it on a single screen setup.
it will be a 2 screen set up

#17 OFFLINE   b2cm

b2cm

    Posting Prodigy

  • Members
  • PipPipPipPipPipPipPipPipPipPip
  • 2,340 posts

Posted 19 March 2006 - 02:02 PM

Google for Jetway Magic Twin.Two users can use one PC/XP SP1 at the same time using two sets ofkeyboards, mouse and monitor. The users can access the same programs and files at the same time, and can even play games against each other. You won't need VirtualPC. You just need the twinPC motherboard from Jetway. On versions that don't have onboard video, you will also need a VGA card with dual heads.

#18 OFFLINE   Temmu

Temmu

    The Assimilator

  • Forum MVP
  • 11,969 posts

Posted 20 March 2006 - 02:18 PM

View PostMarsden11, on Mar 17 2006, 09:03 PM, said:

To write a driver would simply be impossible. How would the system know which mouse pointer has "focus?" How would you pass focus off between two competing mouse pointers? You will never see it on a single screen setup.
umm... each pointing device would controll its pointer, and each pointer would grab the focus, as it was "clicked" on a window, icon, link, etc.would be confusing as heck.
Posted Image




0 user(s) are reading this topic

0 members, 0 guests, 0 anonymous users