[time-nuts] Thunderbolt and Windows XP

Scott Newell newell at cei.net
Sun Jun 15 15:04:29 EDT 2008

At 01:53 PM 6/15/2008, David C. Partridge wrote:
>Windows XP gets mighty confused by a TB connected to a serial port and
>installs the MS Ball-Point Mouse driver and tries to interpret the packet
>from the TB as mouse commands - just go into device manager and disable the
>MS Ball-Point Mouse!

I think there's a way around this.  Under win2k, you could set a flag 
in the boot.ini file to disable scanning for serial mice at 
boot.  Looks like it's good for XP as well.


This switch turns off serial and bus mouse detection in the 
Ntdetect.com file for the specified port. Use this switch if you have 
a component other than a mouse that is attached to a serial port 
during the startup process. For example, type /fastdetect:comnumber, 
where number is the number of the serial port. Ports may be separated 
with commas to turn off more than one port. If you use /fastdetect, 
and you do not specify a communications port, serial mouse detection 
is turned off on all communications ports."

Also see:

newell  N5TNL 

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