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Borgtex
03-25-2003, 07:09 PM
Just one of that stupid curiosities, not really a need: Is it possible to have more than one mouse running in the same computer? maybe with USB mices?

scroots
03-25-2003, 07:32 PM
but if you kicked the desk which mpuse would it respond to, the one in your palm or the other one.

it might be possible as at school they have a drawing boad and pen which can also act as a mouse.

scroots

jkd
03-25-2003, 07:38 PM
Sure. Windows gets a little confused sometimes though. It can only deal with one mouse at a time really, you can't effectively use one for the x-axis and the other for the y-axis for some extreme power user ;).

scroots
03-25-2003, 08:02 PM
make a super mouse, merge two together, i will do it one day so i can have some neat controls.

scroots

ASAAKI
03-26-2003, 11:55 PM
don't think it should work right. at least i'm on a laptop, and putting two fingers on the touchpad does nothing but hinder. the two movements just fight with each other and the cursor finally follows the resultant force or something.

Nightfire
03-27-2003, 12:33 AM
It doesn't work right, I've got 3 mice connected at the mo (if you include the pen as a mouse, as it has left-right click buttons on it). The cursor gets confused and it'll just wiggle in one place

oracleguy
03-27-2003, 03:26 AM
I've done it before. On a friend's sisters computer she had her PS/2 mouse hooked up and we ran a USB mouse on an extender cable and we'd move the USB mouse to mess her up :)

If you try to move 2 mice at the same time it gets kinda confused and stuff.

Although it would be cool if you could have two mice and two cursors on the screen but then again there would be no practical purpose for it to be implemented.

Mhtml
03-27-2003, 10:46 AM
It works on a mac, lol..

I did it last week at school.. The keyboards have a mouse port on both sides so I hooked up the mouse from my computer I was using to my friends second port when he wasn't looking and he thought the computer was screwed cos the mouse was half obeying what he told it to do and half doing what I told it to do..

It seemed that my mouse had preference though.

Phool
03-28-2003, 01:21 PM
as Mhtml said it does work on a Mac.

Why would you want 2 mouse's anyway?? :D

raf
03-28-2003, 02:47 PM
It can be usefull to have two mouses. (mice?)

For instance: i was once involved in developping a testplatform (sort a engint to build and run test) and we wanted to create a computer version of an existing test that measures motion control and coordination (Ricossay-test) and we thought of using two mouses.
In attach a pic of a special keyboard with tho hendels that we checked out.

I can use two mice on my laptop (with doccing) It just follows the movement of one mouse as ling as it moves, and whan it stops, the other mouse takes over control of the pointer.

Borgtex
03-28-2003, 05:20 PM
Originally posted by Phool
Why would you want 2 mouse's anyway?? :D

Well, as I said, I don't need it; I was only curious (If you can have multi-monitor, why not "multi-mouse"? :D). For your answers, seems, however, that it's not possible to have two pointers & two mouses working independently in the same computer.

Roy Sinclair
03-28-2003, 06:03 PM
In the early nineties MS demonstrated a NT box with multiple mice and multiple pointers at Comdex. Somehow that never managed to make it to production though.

scroots
03-28-2003, 07:37 PM
you have 2 eyes to look at many monitors, but only 2 hands to control 2 mice.

scroots

STDestiny
08-19-2003, 09:25 PM
Here's one possible use: My mom shares the same computer at work with her boss. She likes using a trackball, which her boss can't ever figure out how to use, so they have a mouse attached to the computer too.

Another possibility, is have one on either side of the keyboard, so you don't have to keep moving the mouse around when a left-handed person gets on the computer (Of course there is the argument that the lefty should just learn to use the mouse with the right hand, like I did)

-Andrew

cwdlmdd
08-20-2003, 05:22 AM
My wife and I have the same problem. I am a Lefty and she is right handed. So to stop the problem of moving the mouse back and forth. I made it imposable to move the mouse to the right side by puting the scanner in the way.

STDestiny
08-25-2003, 09:09 PM
Originally posted by cwdlmdd
<snip>I made it imposable to move the mouse to the right side by puting the scanner in the way.</snip>

And you still lived?!:eek::p

cwdlmdd
08-26-2003, 03:33 AM
So Far I Have:thumbsup:

joh6nn
08-26-2003, 04:16 PM
Originally posted by jkd
Sure. Windows gets a little confused sometimes though. It can only deal with one mouse at a time really, you can't effectively use one for the x-axis and the other for the y-axis for some extreme power user ;).

that would be really cool. and not to hard to make work, i think; working on the assumption that windows gets confused when it receives conflicting info from the different mice, then making an X-axis mouse and a Y-axis mouse would simply be a matter of disabling the appropriate roller. next time i go to a computer fair, i'll pick up a ps/2 splitter, and some cheap used mice, and try this out.

'course, i'm up at school now, and it'll be months before i get to a fair...

oracleguy
08-26-2003, 05:24 PM
I think I got some old mice, and I have a box load of those spliters from the previous resident of my cube at work. I'm going to have to try that as well.

scroots
08-26-2003, 07:29 PM
can you report back to us on your findings about X and Y axis mice.
thanks
scroots

oracleguy
08-26-2003, 09:46 PM
Sure thing.



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