The Settlers 2 – 2nd Mouse

Read previous post if you want to know how to connect second mouse.


NOTE: This didn’t work for me on Windows 7.


According to the game manual:

It should be noted that Player One (the player on the left of the screen) uses the mouse which is supported by the mouse driver. Typically, this mouse will be connected to a PS/2 port, COM 1 or COM 2. The second mouse must be connected to a free COM port. This must be either COM 1 or COM 2.

In the options there is a mouse information displayed:

Setters mouse info

I assume that the game is detecting machine and tells you where the controllers should be connected.

For DOSBox open configuration fileĀ dosbox-0.74.conf in a text editor. Search for serial1 and change its value to:

serial1=directserial realport:comX

Where X is the number of the COM port set in Device Manager. This allows to assign any number in Windows and DOSBox will redirect it to the first emulated port.

That is all. It should work now.

Settlers multiplayer

Multiplayer is only possible through “Unlimited Play” (custom game) which is weird because the first game allowed you to play campaign together.

Set “Player 2 Mode” to “Human”. Option “Alliances” changes game type to either “Death Match” or “Co-op”.

Second player’s keyboard shortcuts are bound to the numpad. See manual.


  1. VicE June 13, 2013 10:39 am  Reply

    So how can you play with 2 USB mice? Can you please give specific instructions.

    • Faguss June 13, 2013 12:56 pm  Reply

      I’m afraid that’s not possible right now. I have not yet spotted any program that would emulate COM mouse.

      I only acquired old mouse and DB9 to USB adapter. For details on this solution see previous post.

      • Brad February 23, 2014 5:14 pm  Reply

        In Linux I would translate the USB Mouse output to the COM interface to simulate a serial mouse. That works well, despite of a little laggy 2nd mouse.

        In Windows I have no idea how to do such a workaround.

  2. Kuba98 February 26, 2015 10:23 pm  Reply

    But how about changing my USB mouse to COM mouse?

    • Faguss February 26, 2015 10:54 pm  Reply

      What do you mean by “changing”?

      • Kuba98 February 27, 2015 6:50 pm  Reply

        I mean how to make my USB mouse work like COM mouse? (Because Buying a COM mouse is impossible.) (And i think my english is bad)

        • Faguss February 28, 2015 2:05 pm  Reply

          You can’t. If there is a way then I’m not aware of it.

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