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Micro X-Win in TAMU Computing Centers

ATTENTION! In Maple under X-Win, Backspace is realized as Shift-Backspace. Also, middle mouse button functionality is attained by pressing the left and right mouse buttons simultaneously. Here's how to invoke this X emulator from a PC in a TAMU computing center.

  1. If necessary, restore (open) the Communications folder.
  2. Double click on the X-win icon. A small window entitled ``X-Win'' opens. Then a window entitled ``Single X Window'' fills the entire screen.
  3. Minimize this Single X Window. It is now an icon at the bottom of the screen. (To minimize a window, click once with the left mouse button on the downward-pointing arrow button in the upper right corner of the window. You use the left mouse button for most operations.)
  4.   Now click on the Sessions menu in the X-Win window and randomly select one of CalcLab servers: CalcLab 1/2/3/4.
  5. The pointer will momentarily disappear. Move your mouse around and the pointer will reappear near the bottom of the screen.
  6. Move the pointer to the Single X Window icon at the bottom of the screen and double click on it.
  7. The relevant CalcLab login window appears within a full screen Single X Window, the ``root window.'' (If not, select a different server--see Item #3 above.)
  8. Login by typing your CalcLab userid and password in the usual manner.
  9. The login messages screen appears. Read the messages and note if you have any new email.
  10. Click on Login. The usual clients appear in the root window (Maple, pine, and a clock.)
  11. Work on your assignment, saving your work early and often.
  12. When you are finished, remember to logout!

Micro X-Win is an X Window System emulator which runs under Microsoft Windows. It is available in all CIS open access labs around campus. The closest one to the Blocker CalcLabs is down the hall in Blocker 133.

With Micro X-Win on a PC, it's just like sitting in front of an X terminal in the CalcLabs. You do not need to transfer files back and forth between the servers and the PC hard disk. This is because you are logged into a CalcLab server, with its vaunted speed and reliability. This way you can work during the day when you have time between your classes under the same environment that you use in Maple lab. (This is a win/win situation: you get your work done, while TAs and instructors don't have their classes interrupted!) Moreover, if the CalcLabs are full during open hours, Micro X-Win provides additional accessibility down the hall and throughout the campus.

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Art Belmonte
Tue Aug 27 11:05:59 CDT 1996