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Mouse Without Borders Connection Failed Problem Solved

By Miroslav B. Bonchev
Mouse Without Borders is a small utility created by Microsoft – Garage, which joins the screens, mouses, keyboards and clipboards of several computers connected on the local network to become seamlessly accessible. It is a software KVM (keyboard-video-mouse) switch, but much better and easier to use. For example, after installing and setting up the software on my PC (with three screens) and on my laptop, which I place next to the three screens in a row, I am able to use my PC keyboard and mouse and control both the PC and the laptop. It is easy to set up; simply configure the physical location of the screens with the Mouse Without Borders software and then, when I move the mouse at the end of the PC screens it moves onto the laptop so my user input gets directed to the laptop – a really helpful software. Over the years, I have used a number of physical KVM switches and I must say that it has never been painless – not once. However, this software is an excellent product in my experience.

All of the above being said, I just encountered and solved an issue, and since I did not find a solution on the net I thought that it might be useful to share my experience.

Two days ago I installed the new Visual Studio 2013 on my laptop and afterwards I found that the Mouse Without Borders software stopped working. I could use the laptop mouse and keyboard to access the PC, but not the PC’s ones to access and control the laptop, which is the usual way I use the software.

The solution to this Mouse Without Borders Connection Failed Problem was easy after I noticed that Visual Studio 2013 which I installed has added another network adapter and has selected it as default instead of the physical network adapter on the laptop. This should not have happened, but somehow it did. Once I corrected the selected Ethernet adapter in the Mouse Without Borders setup everything went back to normal and I was able again to control my laptop using my PC’s keyboard and mouse (and vice versa).
Miroslav B. Bonchev
21-th December 2013
London, England
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