Installing the Un-Mouse

The installation process is somewhat complex. Here are my instructions, but enter at your own risk: I'm not going to provide any installation support beyond these instructions. Good luck!

  1. The program requires Java version 1.4 or later. If you do not already have it on your computer, Java is available from

  2. The program also requires the Java Media Framework, version 1.2.2 or later. This also is available from Sun at

  3. Download UnMouse.jar (83 kilobytes).

  4. On Windows systems, you might be able to start the Un-Mouse by simply double-clicking on the UnMouse.jar file. On Unix-based systems, type ``java -jar UnMouse.jar''. You'll also have to do that on Windows systems if the double-clicking doesn't work.

  5. On the first start-up, the program will instruct you to tell it where to find the Java Media Framework (JMF). If you don't know where to look, search for ``jmf.jar'' (via the Search...For Files or Folders... option in the Start menu at the lower left corner of Windows). On my computer, I found the file in ``C:\Program Files\JMF2.1.1\lib\jmf.jar''.

  6. After you do this, you'll want to select the camera device via the Set Device... option in the Device menu. If nothing shows up here for you, either your camera isn't set up properly, or JMF isn't compatible with your camera drivers. Either way, I can't help you.

  7. The program will attempt to select a good image format (i.e., image size) automatically. But it may fail, or you may want to alter it. You can accomplish this using the Set Image Format... option. Although a larger image will give the cursor slightly more resolution, it also goes much slower. On my computer, I found that even 320x240 was unreasonably slow.

I cannot provide technical support to the Un-Mouse program, and I make no guarantees of its usefulness or reliability.


(c) 2002, by Carl Burch. You are free to download the Un-Mouse for your own personal use, with no charge. You may not redistribute the software in any form, however, without the author's explicit written permission.