Need to run same program on two PC one mouse runs both

November 23, 2013 at 04:17:35
Specs: Windows 7, AMD Phenom IIX4 965 with 4GB ram
I need to run two computers running each running a copy of the same program, or any program, but with one mouse. For example, if you click on something, both programs would be clicked identically. Any actions or usage of the mouse would occur at the same time on both computers.

Is this possible?

Thanks in advance.


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#1
November 23, 2013 at 04:32:18
I do not know. But I doubt it could work, because even if the
two computers are identical and running identical software,
their internal timing would not be synchronized, so that mouse
movements would not be interpreted identically. When you
move the mouse, the motion would be detected and acted
on by one computer before the other computer detected the
motion, and the mouse pointers would end up in different
locations. Hmmmm.... Unless you use a tablet that outputs
absolute location instead of motion.... Hmmmm. You would
still have to watch to see that both computers received and
interpreted the position input identically. Maybe....

-- Jeff, in Minneapolis


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#2
November 23, 2013 at 05:25:30
For something like this to have any chance of working, the application must have been written with this behaviour programmed into it.

For it to work both instances of the application would need to be able to communicate with each other. That is not something that is normally programmed into any applcation.

Stuart


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#3
November 23, 2013 at 06:39:28
I don't understand the necessity to simultaneously control two computers acting in the same way. Just connect the graphic card to a double display and run one box.

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#4
November 23, 2013 at 09:14:46
I used a switch at one time. 2 computers side by side and one monitor and one mouse.
I used it until lightning destroyed everything. This is the closest I can come to what your asking. Bought from TirgerDirect.
TRENDnet - TK-207K - 2-Port USB KVM Switch with Cables
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#5
November 23, 2013 at 09:17:11
to be clear, when I said "tablet" above I meant an input
device such as a graphics input tablet or the touchpad
on a laptop computer, set to send absolute co-ordinates
to the computer. There could still be a problem of time
jitter, causing the two computers to not get exactly the
same input, which I why I said you'd still have to watch
that they were interpreting the input identically.

-- Jeff, in Minneapolis


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