April 24th, 2003, 12:02 PM
Remotely lock or disable the keyboard and mouse
Does anyone have any idea how i can lock or disable the keyboard and mouse on serveral PC's remotely?
A member of staff at the school where i work is trying to find a way of getting the kids to listen to him at the start of class, all they seem to do is come in2 the class room logon to the computers, mess around, ignore him and get no work done.
So the way I look at it if he could lock or disable there keyboards remotely they can do sod all until he enables them or unlocks them!
I have been looking for a while for a solution; so far I have looked at:
Remotely stopping the keyboard and mouse service via a script (I8042PRT.SYS via the Netsvc.exe command)
Disabling the local keyboard and pointer via VNCís server software, but ever tried to VNC 30 clients at once? It will eat away at network performance
Looked in vain for a utility, which I can install locally and activate remotely
Any help would be very much appreciated,
Thanks in advance
April 24th, 2003, 12:08 PM
Not sure if this is a question which we really want to help with. sounds a bit suspect.
If this is genuine I could rattle up a proggie to do it.
You would have to give me the 30 computer names or ip addresses.
April 24th, 2003, 12:09 PM
April 24th, 2003, 12:13 PM
These might help. I was trying to find one that I've seen a colleague use and it was effective. Even if students rebooted the machine he'd end up controlling it via his machine:
http://www.smarttech.com/products/sy...eyes/index.asp <-- I think it was this one.
Mark, it's not suspect. It's very frustrating to teach with thirty keyboards clacking away. This technology is quite nice in that you can "push" a powerpoint presentation on to the students and that sorta forces their attention to what you are doing rather than what their buddies are doing. It also minimizes the "net send" problem.
April 24th, 2003, 12:20 PM
Thanks for the quick reply and links! i will take i look at them after lunch... As for IP adderess i can PM you a scope of IP addresses, but we do use DCHP so they will not remain static. As for names; they would be:
Thanks for your help on this!
April 24th, 2003, 12:24 PM
I see the point mittens.
I just thought it was suspect that
a. the student would post the message
b. the student would want to disable all keyboards in the class.
April 24th, 2003, 12:31 PM
Oh you don't have much to worry about the students around here, they can barely type there name in word! A word of warning, we are looking for a low cost solution and something simple
April 24th, 2003, 12:33 PM
It can be done in Visual Basic
If you want ultra Low cost I can do it in Visual Basic For You.
We can sort out a favour in return.
April 24th, 2003, 12:37 PM
Thanks for the offer! I dont mean to be rude but what sort of favour are you looking for?
i will go speak the ICT Department and upper management team about it this afternoon
April 24th, 2003, 12:42 PM
I reckon its maybee a couple of hours coding.
Look at the picture for a rough idea of what it could look like and e-mail me with any other buttons or things you want on it before I start coding.
I see you are in the UK. erm 20 regal kingsize sounds about right.
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