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Intermec Norand 6642 On Screen Keyboard Doesn't Quite Work with Remote Desktop Connection

As readers of this site knows that I recently gleamed an Intermec Norand 6642 pen tablet computer off eBay. I've been wanting a pen tablet because it helps me read, write, and browse while sitting in my living room, where I am most comfortable with my creative process. So far this Windows 98 gem has worked beautifully. With wireless network and Remote Desktop Connection working, there's practically nothing I can't do with it. Except . . .

The on screen keyboard doesn't quite work with Remote Desktop Connection. The lower case alphabet keys work and the number pad works. But none of the other keys work. That is really a hinder because without a physical keyboard, all technical key operations must go through this virtual keyboard. Handwriting recognition works wonders on this pen tablet and works great with Remote Desktop Connection. But handwriting recognition is only excellent for writing, not for technical operations.

At this point, I can't figure out why the on screen keyboard doesn't fully work and I can't figure out how to get it to fully work. If anyone has any ideas, I'd love to hear it.

Chieh Cheng
Sun, 12 Oct 2008 17:48:05 +0000

can you provide some shots of the Norand and how the use is?

Mon, 13 Oct 2008 04:24:45 +0000

Here is a photo of the Norand remoting to Microsoft Windows XP Media Center. The on screen keyboard shown can be resized.

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Norand Remoting to Windows XP.jpg

Chieh Cheng
Mon, 13 Oct 2008 08:30:16 +0000

I figured it out. Rather than using the On-Screen keyboard that came with Windows 98, I used the Windows XP version that is on the remote computer. It worked beautifally.

Chieh Cheng
Wed, 15 Oct 2008 02:19:37 +0000

Are you need any drivers to instal Windows XP on your Intermec Norand 6642?
Can you send it to mee?

Sun, 07 Dec 2008 15:03:27 +0000

Read this thread carefully . . . I did not install Windows XP on the Intermec Norand 6642. It's accessing another Windows XP computer using Windows Remote Desktop Connection. So no driver is needed for the Intermec Norand 6642.

If your remote computer has Windows XP Tablet PC edition installed, an even better solution is to use VNC. See the "Microsoft Windows XP Tablet PC Edition Crippled Through Remote Desktop" TrackBack below.

Chieh Cheng
Sun, 07 Dec 2008 20:18:19 +0000

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Title: Using a Windows 98 Computer as a Remote Terminal
Weblog: GearHack
Excerpt: Quite some time ago, I wrote an article titled, "Older Computers Serve Well as Remote Terminals", on this site. In that article, I used ancient computers, running Windows XP, to access faster remote computers. That is quite possible with the Remote Desktop Connection that came bundled with Windows X . . .
Tracked: Sun, 12 Oct 2008 17:52:48 +0000

Title: Microsoft Windows XP Tablet PC Edition Crippled Through Remote Desktop
Weblog: GearHack
Excerpt: I have just installed UltraVNC on both the Windows XP Tablet PC Edition and the Intermec Norand Pen*Key 6642 Computer. Everything is working beautifully now. I am able to remotely log in to the Windows XP Tablet PC Edition using the Intermec Norand 6642 and use it as if I am Sitting right there. And . . .
Tracked: Sun, 07 Dec 2008 20:16:47 +0000

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