Windows 8 fake mouse driver for tablet

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  1. swaaye

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    I bought one of these newfangled Dell Venue 8 tablets. I ran into a frustrating issue. Some old apps require a mouse be installed and the touch input doesn't fill their detection requirement. 3DMark2001 and Tiberian Sun won't run for example.

    Is there some fake mouse driver out there that I can use to fool programs?
     
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    does win8 (tablet version ???)not have a mouse driver already
    if you plug a mouse in doesnt it install one ?
     
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    The touchscreen apparently isn't a device that DirectInput recognizes. It is a mini-nightmare for my maniacal Windows gaming on tablet idea. Of course a mouse could be connected but that isn't really the point here.

    I think I either need a fake mouse driver or a dinput.dll that fakes a mouse being enumerated. I was thinking of force-installing a mouse driver, but I don't think there is a way to do that like with old OSs that supported non-PNP devices.
     
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    What about the RF receiver for a mouse, is that sufficient?
     
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    It probably would be enough, but this tablet doesn't have a full size USB port. Would need the USB host cable for it.
     
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    How do you like it?
     
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    Wait.. Man... I thought windows will automatically fallback the touch event to mouse events.

    It's like android all over again where before jelly bean (or its, can't remember) I need to make two events of touch, one for mouse and one for touch.

    Do you got the pen? Does game think it's a mouse?
     
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    It does, but some old stuff doesn't work.
     
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    I like it. It's great to have this much flexibility in an 8" tablet. Bay Trail is very fast too. It is reminiscent of an Athlon 64 X2 and perhaps a Geforce 6600. Except it is 2W!

    Win 8 doesn't remotely have the tablet software ecosystem of Android though. But I bet this is going to change with the increasing popularity.
     
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    Successful trials so far:
    Defense Grid
    Master of Orion 2
    Blade Runner
    Tiberian Sun (and Red Alert 2 then) - tricky to get working on Win8 though
    Shadowrun Returns
    Guild Wars - camera control is not ideal but it is manageable.

    There's a big thread with people experimenting with gaming on the Venue 8 Pro:
    http://forum.tabletpcreview.com/del...nces-thread-not-just-touch-enabled-games.html
     
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    If you like Rogue lite games combined with a little bit of Puzzle, LOTS of content and persistent RPG elements, you should give Desktop Dungeons a try. Works a treat with touch as well.

    Basically anything that doesn't require a right click should work fine. Gets tricky when you have to right click to do some things.

    Regards,
    SB
     
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    I've tried playing Dragon Age using touch and keyboard. It mostly works, ymmv though. On a number of different actions you need to double touch, once to get the (hidden) mouse cursor to move, then the second time to activate the object. If using a mouse you'd only click once. Actions that need right click are interesting, click and hold does work but feels clumsy.
     
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    Can you tell me steps you took to get RA2 working on your dell venue 8 pro? It just gives me a black screen and the music. Ive loved this game for years, got it working on my windows 8 laptop, but not my v8p tablet, thanks
     

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