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Get Mouse Control Back In Windows Virtual PC On Windows 7

This is really easy to do but it will be different for Windows OS’s configured in Windows Virtual PC and Linux/Unix OS’s configured in Windows Virtual PC. For instance Windows XP Mode run from Windows Virtual PC will allow you to easily move the mouse between your desktop and the Windows XP Mode Virtual PC without skipping a beat. When you try to do the same thing within a Linux Windows Virtual PC or a Unix Windows Virtual PC this will not be the case because the Windows Virtual PC integration features are not available to anything but Windows Operating Systems at this time. Below are the instructions for breaking your mouse out of the Linux or Unix Windows Virtual PC.

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Right Click Without A Mouse In Windows 7 Or Windows XP

Last weekend I found myself working on a laptop that had numerous problems including it could not boot. After fixing the Master Boot Record(MBR) the computer was able to boot but the mouse was not working. It is fairly easy to navigate around a Windows XP computer without a mouse however right clicking is something that can be missed. Use the information below to right click on a computer that doesn’t have a mouse installed.

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What do pts and tty Mean on Linux? What is the Difference Between The Two Terminal Types?

I have been asked the question numerous times of what PTS and TTY mean in Linux regarding terminals. People ask because they may be newer to Linux and learning how to view a process list they may actually see a serial connection, SSH connection, or a telnet connection in the process list that might show something like pts/0, pts/2, tty1, or tty2 in the TTY column. Most processes will just have a question mark in this column but if something is connected to an actual terminal then it will list where it is connected in the TTY column of “ps”.

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Use One Wireless Keyboard And Mouse On Multiple Computers

This can be done using open source software called Synergy. This application allows you to connect the keyboard and mouse to one computer which acts as a server for those devices. The setup is intended to have multiple computers connected to multiple displays but only to have one keyboard and mouse. This is not to be confused with the use of KVM (Keyboard-Video-Mouse) switches which allow someone to have one monitor with multiple PC’s connected to it and via a button or dial you can switch between them. KVM switches have been used to connected only the keyboard and mouse while still having multiple displays. Synergy is more for moving between the devices without having to click a button. The software has not been developed on for a long time however there is support for Windows XP and Unix/Linux. I ended up not going with the Synergy solution because I decided I could just manage the Linux servers at my house from a shell but wanted to write about it in case others had the need to share a wireless keyboard and mouse in this scenario. Read below about installing Synergy.