Fix scrolling on Synergy clients


I have a number of systems & monitors on my desk, and one thing which has irked me for long time is scrolling didn’t work on one of my linux synergy clients. Today I needed to fix it!

With a little bit of help from here: it was fixed within minutes!

First off all quit synergyc, quicksynergy or whatever you are using.
Lets now start it manually, fire up a terminal and enter:

$ synergyc -f -d WARNING --name debian

Synergy should now be working as normal, now open up a web browser and attempt to scroll.

You should see messages similar to the following:

Feb 1 18:32:45 localhost Synergy+ 1.3.4: 2010-02-01T18:32:45 WARNING: Wheel scroll
delta (28) smaller than threshold (120)#012#011CXWindowsScreen.cpp,858

That delta number is the important bit!

Quit synergyc and now add --yscroll 28 (or whatever your delta is) the full command should look like this:

$ synergyc -f -d WARNING --yscroll 28 --name debian

Scrolling should now work!

If this works for you (or doesn’t!) let me know in the comments!

Best Operating System for me.


Over the years I’ve changed my operating system a lot. Sometimes too regularly. A lot if my day to day work is managing remote servers over SSH or RDP.


I’ve been using a Mac mini at work now for a little over a year. Its a great spec, (i7, 16GB RAM) and with multiple dual 24″ monitors it’s a system to be reckoned with. It’s got an underling *nix system so I have native access to linux tools, including SSH. With the addition of Homebrew a lot of tools are easily installable too.


I still lean towards Windows for gaming, mainly on Steam.

FPS is still loads better on my Windows 7 i5 machine.

Debian GNU Linux

I LOVE Debian. It’s always been my server os of choice. If multi monitor support was better and less work, no doubt it would be my main desktop OS. Gaming is getting so much better too.

OS Pros Cons
 OSX  Native *nix stuff. Great Multi monitor support.  Poor graphics support for gaming.
 Windows  Great multi monitor support  No native SSH/linux stuff.
 Debian  Flexibility, performance.  Poor multi monitor support.

It looks like I’m keeping a few different systems a while longer!

New Motherboard?

Last night I was having PC problems. It seems it’s either my GFX card or (more probably) my motherboard. The GFX card is brand new, but luckily I have one here at work which I will try in it tonight. The motherboard was nothing special, just a cheap available Intel one at the time I built it about 3 years ago. If money wasnt an issue, right now I’d just upgrade to a nice shiny Imac. However, in todays climate money IS an issue, so I HAVE to find another cheaper way. The graphics card, PSU and hardrives are all brand new. So either its a faulty graphics card (nothing appears on the monitors when turned on) or the motherboard is goosed and not providing power to the card or another type of failure.

Either way it’s pissing me off!!

So, any suggestions on a cheapish, good Intel based motherboard?

Debian can be installed from Windows!

Install Debian from within Windows

That is right, Debian has got itself a new Win32 installer. This new software is targeted at people who are not too tech savvy to know the steps needed to burn the Debian ISOs on to a CD/DVD. The first time I read the news, I wondered how it was any different from installing Linux on a UMSDOS filesystem ? It is very different it seems…

The setup consists of a Debian installer loader which merely downloads a Debian netboot installer – you can choose between a GUI install and a text based install. And in the next reboot of the computer, Grub loads and prompts you to either boot into Windows or initiate the Debian installation. This is made possible by utilizing the services of Grub4DOS which is a GRand Unified Bootloader which uses the grub console GDLR which can be loaded from within the Windows boot manager.

Once the Debian installer starts, the rest of the steps are the same as those you would carry out in a normal installation of Debian. So you have the option of repartitioning your hard disk from within the installer and dual boot between Debian and Windows or entirely wiping out your Windows OS to make way for Debian.

More details available here: