I use VNC viewer to connect my Pi 3, laptop and Kuman 7" touchscreen, because I cannot get access to a keyboard or mouse. When I open minecraft-pi it shows just a black screen on my laptop, but it loads on my pi screen, and I can click in and play (only the mouse works, the keyboard doesn't). How do I make my laptop's keyboard work with minecraft-pi if it works usually in other circumstances such as editing code, and how can I make it show up on my laptop?

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I'm assuming your using RealVNC on the Pi. You need to turn on the 'experimental direct capture mode'.

To turn this feature on, open the VNC Server dialog, navigate to Menu - Options - Troubleshooting, and select 'Enable experimental direct capture mode'


  • What do you mean by 'Server Dialog'? When I open VNC, I only get 'File', 'View' and 'Help' on the top bar and none of them contain 'Menu'.
    – S.L
    Jan 29, 2018 at 21:13
  • On the Pi you should have a VNC icon on the task bar, right click should give a menu.
    – CoderMike
    Jan 29, 2018 at 22:25

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