Posts Tagged ‘windows’

Enable Multitouch(two-fingers) on Synaptics trackpad for Windows xp/Vista/7

This could be your Trackpad

This could be your Trackpad

Very few people know that every synaptics trackpad supports multitouch and as long as your OS supports it you can always use multitouch to enhance your computers interface. Apple has patented several UI design elements ,hence has inhibited Windows and Linux to come out with similar UI elements like pinch and zoom, scroll etc.

 
linux-online-incIf you are using Linux and want to setup multitouch then click here 

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You only need a patched driver to enable multitouch features in synaptics. Download the latest driver from here

Download links (for XP/Vista 32/64-bit):
http://www.sendspace.com/file/9n9c6i
http://mihd.net/42vtopk

This driver is made from an outdated driver of synaptics. So you may have to uninstall your existing driver

  1. Go to Add-Remove Software. 
  2. Find and uninstall synaptic driver
  3. Reboot

Extract the zip file(touchpad_synaptics_v10.2.4_vistax32x64_xpx32x64_modded_build2.zip) to a folder

Install selected driver.

This driver is not signed. Hence windows will issue a warning. Do not install this driver on your production machine. This is a development build and using it may crash your system

Now you can  enable these 3 features on your Windows Desktop using Synaptic Options. Go to bottom right in your Windows taskbar to select synaptics tray icon or search synaptic in control panel. Then select Synaptic touchpad in Device Settings. 

  1. Multitouch scrolling : You will be able to scroll using 2/3 fingers. The scrolling is not as smooth as mac (shucks!!) but works equivalent to page up and page down. Here is how to enable it in Synaptics Options. You can configure what each direction will cause.
    Two finger Gestures -> Top/Bottom/Left/Right
  2. Chiral Motion : This technique is very useful for precise scrolling. Whenever you wish to scroll just slide two fingers downwards(or upwards) and then you can move your fingers in clockwise or anticlockwise order to continue scrolling.This is a much more precise way of scrolling but you need to get used to it. Here is how to enable it in Synaptics Options
    Virtual Scrolling -> Enable Chiral motion scrolling
  3. Momentum : This grants your mouse momentum so if you drag your mouse and leave it. It will travel some more distance depending on the speed of your drag. This is quite cool for some time, but very difficult to handle and impractical. Still somthing cooool to show off :). . Here is how to enable it in Synaptics Options
       Pointer Motion -> Momentum -> Enable Momentum
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UPDATE: The driver has not functioned for some laptops. It is suited only for some laptops. If you have installed this driver, do let us know in the comments if this worked for you. Thanks!!!

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Hyper-V: problems and solutions

Windows Server 2008

Hyper-V is the new hypervisor based virtualization solution from Microsoft. The product is targeted mainly for the data centers for server consolidation. I have been using it since the day it became RTM and am really impressed by its performance and stability. There are some minor issues which is acceptable as the product is still young. I have a Intel Core 2 6420, which has the Intel-VT extension required for Hyper-V and 4 GB of ram sufficient enough for running a single guest. Hyper-V is supported only on windows 2008 server 64 bit edition.

Installation Steps

These are the installation steps for installing Hyper-V

  1. Check if your processor supports either Intel-VT or AMD Pacifica extensions.
  2. Install Windows 2008 server 64 bit edition.
  3. Install all the updates.
  4. Add the role Hyper-V using server manager.
  5. Install updates for the Hyper-V role.

Now you are all set to install you guest operating system. Run the Hyper-V manager application to manage your guest operating systems. Create a new virtual machine and setup different properties like memory, number of processors etc.. If you are planning to install your guest operating system from network make sure that you add a legacy network adapter as the guest operating system wont be having drivers at install time for the normal network adapter. Once you are done installing the guest operating system install the integration services from the settings menu of that virtual machine. Installation of integration services is highly required for better performance and also getting remote desktop to work.

Issues

1) No audio on the virtual machine. How to listen to your favorite mp3’s ?

The first thing that you might notice is the lack of Audio device. Hyper-V is for running multiple servers on a single physical machine. Not many people play mp3’s on a production server, I suppose. So how do we get audio to work on your virtual machine ???

The solution is simple. Don’t use the hyper-v manager to connect to the guest operating system. Instead enable remote desktop on the guest machine and use mstsc to connect to the guest. If you are using windows 2003 as the guest you still find that the audio doesn’t work. There are couple of setting that you need to make to get audio to work. First thing is to change the windows audio service startup to automatic from disabled and start the service. This can be done by running services.msc from the run dialog. Next, you have to fire tscc.msc from the run dialog to change a couple of terminal services settings. In the connection tab, double click on the Rdp-tcp row to get the properties tab. Unselect the “Audio Mapping” option there and save the settings. Remember you have to logout from that session and start a new session for the settings to take effect. Of course simpler thing would be to reboot the guest. Connect again to the guest and enjoy your favorite mp3’s …..

2) Unreadable/fuzzy  text on LCD monitors if you are using remote desktop

So you think you solved your hyper-v problems by connecting using mstsc instead of the hyper-v manager,  then maybe you are using a CRT monitor or you have never seen cleartype in action. Yes, font smoothing doesn’t work with RDP if you have either windows XP or windows 2003 as the guest OS. And if you have a LCD monitor like me, you know how much pain in the *** it is to work on a LCD without font smoothing. So now you have to fix this cleartype issue.

Microsoft has finally issued a Hot fix for this feature at http://support.microsoft.com/kb/946633. Download the fix and install it. You have to reboot the machine for the fix to work. Also make sure the registry key HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Windows\TSEnableFontSmoothing is set to 1.

3) Strange cursor problem and fix

Also, when I used to connect to guest machine using the hyper-v manager instead of remote desktop client, I faced a weird problem with my mouse cursor. After using the guest machine for sometime may be a couple of hours the mouse pointer becomes fixed meaning that it doesn’t change depending on the thing beneath it. It sometimes becomes a wait cursor, sometimes a small dot and like that. This is quite frustrating while you try to re-size windows or frames as you cannot make whether you are at the proper point to re-size the window. Luckily after using remote desktop to connect to the host this problem also is solved.

Hope these solutions fix some of your hyper-v problems.

Official download links for Windows XP Service Pack 3 download

Service Pack 3 download locations have been revealed. You can download them from the following locations

Windows XP Service Pack 3 English
Windows XP Service Pack 3 Simplified Chinese
Windows XP Service Pack 3 German
Windows XP SP3 French
Windows XP SP3 Russian
Windows XP SP3 Japanese

These are official windows update links.

Courtesy: Ghacks

Windows XP SP3: What is all the fuss about?

Microsoft has released the release client of  its latest service pack 3 here. I cant find anything new in it(despite several claims) … and definately none of the highly desired features are released(complete details in white paper)

Though the improved Wifi security is bound to be an essential  upgrade, but some of the basic ones like IE7 were left out .. Difficult to figure out ,what is going on in redmond these days (Copying in Vista! approve or deny  )