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Using Chimpeon on a Remote PC/Laptop or Virtual Machine

Discover how to implement one of the safest methods for automating a game

Using Chimpeon on a Remote PC/Laptop or Virtual Machine image

This guide is provided for anyone wishing to use Chimpeon with a game where its use may be detectable and punishable by the game developer. If this is not a concern for you then you do not need to follow these instructions and you can use Chimpeon alongside the game as intended.

If Chimpeon is run on the same PC as certain games, its use is sometimes detected. This can and has lead to game accounts being banned and suspended. To overcome this, and to help ensure Chimpeon remains undetected, Chimpeon must be run on a PC/laptop or a Virtual Machine (VM) that is remote from the game.

Streaming software such as Splashtop or Steam Remote Play is used to stream the game to the remote PC/laptop/VM where Chimpeon is installed. This enables Chimpeon to be configured and enables it to automate a game as if it were on the PC/laptop where the game is installed but without fear of detection.*

Contents

The following sections are included in this guide:

Using a Remote PC/Laptop

Almost any Windows 10/11 64bit PC or laptop can be used to run Chimpeon remotely from the game installed on another PC/laptop. Streaming software is used to:

  • Stream the game from the game PC/laptop to the Chimpeon PC/laptop allowing Chimpeon to be configured, and for pixels to be detected
  • Send keystrokes and mouse actions performed by Chimpeon back to the game PC/laptop.

Remote streaming diagram

Using Chimpeon on a remote PC/laptop

Using a Virtual Machine (VM)

A virtual machine (VM) such as VirtualBox or VMware Workstation Player (both free to use) allows you to run an isolated operating system (in our case, Windows 10/11 64bit) in an application window on your PC/laptop. Here, Chimpeon is installed, making it remote from the game which is installed outside of the VM on the same PC/laptop. Streaming software is used to:

  • Stream the game to the VM allowing Chimpeon to be configured, and for pixels to be detected.
  • Send keystrokes and mouse actions performed by Chimpeon back to the game.

Remote streaming diagram VM

Using Chimpeon on a virtual machine

To use a VM, the following actions need to be performed:

  1. Download and install the preferred VM software.
  2. In the VM software, create a VM instance and install Windows 10/11 on it.
  3. Install Chimpeon on the VM instance.
  4. Install the preferred streaming software on the VM instance.
Known Issues

When using a VM alongside streaming software, it is difficult and frustrating to configure and use Chimpeon compared to using a remote PC/laptop. This is due to the following issues:

ISSUE SOLUTION
When moving the mouse cursor within the streaming software window on the VM, the mouse cursor is moved back to the actual game window outside of the VM. Navigate the mouse cursor around the streaming software window to get to the Chimpeon window. It is advised the Chimpeon window is put at the edge of the VM window so the mouse cursor can access it without having to pass over the streaming software window.
Selecting Live within Chimpeon's Pixel Detection window does not always work. Focus Chimpeon (click it) then move the mouse cursor directly to the required position in the streamed game window then immediately press Alt to display the associated area of the game in Live.
When selecting a pixel colour in Snapshot within Chimpeon's Pixel Detection window, the colour isn't always selected instantly. Keep pressing the mouse button until the colour is selected and the colour cursor appears in Snapshot.
If the streaming software within the VM isn't focussed (i.e. because you are simultaneously playing the game outside of the VM), Chimpeon mouse cursor actions (such as moving the cursor to a fishing bobber in an MMORPG) are not performed. Keystrokes and functionality such as pixel detection continue to work without issue. Keep the streaming software within the VM focussed or if you intend to simultaneously play the game outside of the VM, make sure Chimpeon is not configured to perform mouse cursor actions.

Due to these issues, it is recommended that a remote PC/laptop is used instead.

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Using Splashtop

Below are instructions for using Chimpeon with Splashtop.

What You Need

  • Two Windows PCs/laptops or one PC/laptop with a virtual machine (VM). A game PC/laptop (the host) and a Chimpeon PC/laptop or VM (the client).
  • Splashtop account. Create Account (free)
  • Splashtop Streamer must be installed on the game PC/laptop. Download and Install
  • Splashtop Personal must be installed on the Chimpeon PC/laptop/VM. Download and Install
  • The game must be installed on the game PC/laptop.
  • Chimpeon must be installed on the Chimpeon PC/laptop/VM. Download and Install
  • The game PC/laptop and Chimpeon PC/laptop/VM must be network connected. For PC/laptop to PC/laptop connections, a direct cable is recommended but wifi also works but tends to be slower.

Using

  1. Launch Splashtop Streamer on the game PC/laptop then login.
  2. Launch Splashtop Personal on the Chimpeon PC/laptop/VM then login.
  3. In Splashtop Personal connect to the game PC/laptop. A window will now open that displays the screen content of the game PC/laptop.
  4. Launch the game on the game PC/laptop.
  5. Launch and configure Chimpeon on the Chimpeon PC/laptop/VM.
  6. For the Profile's Send To setting, select the option that is the name of the Splashtop window where the screen content of the game PC/laptop is displayed (this is normally the computer name of the game PC/laptop). Do NOT select the Splashtop Personal option.
  7. For keys and mouse actions, the SendInput option must be selected for the associated Method setting in the Chimpeon Keys/Mouse window.
  8. After starting Chimpeon, the Splashtop window where the game is being streamed to must be focussed.

NOTE: To remain safe and undetected, NEVER install and use Chimpeon on the game PC/laptop while the game is running. Only install and use Chimpeon on the Chimpeon PC/laptop/VM!*

Configuring

The default settings of Splashtop on both the game PC/laptop and the Chimpeon PC/laptop/VM are normally suitable for streaming with Chimpeon. However, there are options to change the framerate and improve the quality of the stream. Please consult the Splashtop instructions to find out more about these options.

Issues with Pixel Detection

You may find that pixel detection becomes problematic when using Chimpeon with a game that is being streamed. This can occur for any of the following reasons:

REASON SOLUTION
The resolution of the Splashtop window on the Chimpeon PC/laptop/VM has changed since configuring pixel detection. Change the resolution of the Splashtop window so it matches the resolution that was used when pixel detection was configured.
The Splashtop window on the Chimpeon PC/laptop/VM is either Restore Down or Maximised. Make the Splashtop window on the Chimpeon PC/laptop/VM either Restore Down or Maximised so it matches what was used when pixel detection was configured.
The Fullscreen option of the Splashtop window on the Chimpeon PC/laptop/VM is either enabled or disabled. Make the Fullscreen option of the Splashtop window on the chimpeon PC/laptop/VM match what was used when pixel detection was configured.
The resolution of the game on the game PC/laptop has changed since configuring pixel detection. Change resolution of the game so it matches the resolution that was used when pixel detection was configured.
The Windows screen resolution on the game PC/laptop has changed since configuring pixel detection. Change the Windows screen resolution so it matches the resolution that was used when pixel detection was configured.
The object in the game that contains the pixel Chimpeon is trying to detect has moved. Move the object in the game back to the position it was in when pixel detection was configured. Alternatively, configure pixel detection again.
The colour of the pixel Chimpeon is trying to detect has changed. Refer to the Detecting Pixels in a Streamed Game Window section below.
The Live X and Live Y settings in the Chimpeon Pixel Detection window have either become extremely large or their maximum values are limited to values that are smaller than the actual size of the Splashtop window on the Chimpeon PC/laptop/VM. You can test this by holding the Alt key and moving the cursor within the Splashtop window on the Chimpeon PC/laptop/VM while the Chimpeon Pixel Detection is open. The issue is completely random and may or may not be evident during use. This seems to be a bug in version 2.4 and will be fixed in the next release.

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Steam Remote Play

Below are instructions for using Chimpeon with Steam Remote Play.

What You Need

  • Two Windows PCs/laptops or one PC/laptop with a virtual machine (VM). A game PC/laptop (the host) and a Chimpeon PC/laptop/VM (the client).
  • Steam account. Create Account (free)
  • The Steam client must be installed on the game PC/laptop and the Chimpeon PC/laptop or VM. Download and Install
  • The game must be installed on the game PC/laptop.
  • Chimpeon must be installed on the Chimpeon PC/laptop/VM. Download and Install
  • The game PC/laptop and Chimpeon PC/laptop/VM must be network connected. For PC/laptop to PC/laptop connections, a direct cable is recommended but wifi also works but tends to be slower.

Using

  1. Launch the Steam client on the game PC/laptop then login.
  2. If necessary, add the game to Steam on the game PC/laptop. Instructions
  3. Launch the Steam client on the Chimpeon PC/laptop/VM then login (using the same Steam account you used for the game PC/laptop).
  4. On the Chimpeon PC/laptop/VM, click the Games menu then click the "View Games Library" option.
  5. In the Library, click the required game to select it then click the Stream button.
    The game will now launch on the game PC/laptop and a new window will open on the Chimpeon PC/laptop/VM where the game is streamed to.
  6. By default, the stream window on the Chimpeon PC/laptop/VM is in fullscreen mode. When using Chimpeon this will sometimes cause the stream window to minimise, making configuration difficult. To overcome this, the stream window should be put in windowed mode. Press Alt Enter to do this.
  7. Launch and configure Chimpeon.
  8. For the Profile's Send To setting, select the Steam Remote Play option (or whatever it is called on your system).
  9. For keys and mouse actions, the SendInput option must be selected for the associated Method setting.
  10. After starting Chimpeon, the Steam Remote Play window where the game is being streamed to must be focussed.

NOTE: To remain safe and undetected, NEVER install and use Chimpeon on the game PC/laptop while the game is running. Only install and use Chimpeon on the Chimpeon PC/laptop/VM!*

Configuring

You may need to configure Steam Remote Play on both the game PC/laptop and the Chimpeon PC/laptop/VM:

  1. Click the Steam menu then click the Settings option.
  2. In the Settings window click the Remote Play option.

Here you should be able to see the name of the other PC connected using the same Steam account. Advanced Host Options (for the game PC/laptop) and Advanced Client Options (for the Chimpeon PC/laptop/VM) are provided.

In Advanced Host Options, you may need to enable Change desktop resolution to match streaming client.

Detecting Pixels in a Streamed Game Window

Pixel colours in a streamed game window will normally vary slightly throughout gameplay due to the quality of the stream. As a result, using a Single Colour or a standard Colour Range for pixel detection is normally unsuccessful or, at the very best, temperamental. Instead, using a Colour List to create a Colour Range is the best solution and will help to ensure pixels are always detected.

Read the Detecting Pixels in a Streamed Game Window guide for instructions about using a Colour List.

Starting and Stopping Chimpeon Remotely

It is likely you will interact with your game from the Game PC which will be remote from the Chimpeon PC. This will make starting and stopping Chimpeon difficult - especially so if the Chimpeon PC/laptop is far from your game PC/laptop.

To overcome this, you may be able to use a game addon to display a "stop" icon or similar (like a red square) when you press a "stop/start" key on your game PC/laptop. You could then setup pixel detection in Chimpeon to "look" for this "stop" icon (or red square), and if found, use a Status Hot Key to turn off all Triggers (and stop automation) and turn on a "Check for Missing Stop Icon" Trigger. When the "stop" icon (or red square) disappears because you press the "stop/start" key again the "Check for Missing Stop Icon" Trigger would turn itself off and turn on all other Triggers (and start automation).

Click here to view and download a Profile that you can import into Chimpeon.

Another alternative for MMORPG games, is to look for a pixel in a riding icon when the icon indicates you are mounted, or a pixel in a spell icon that indicates you or your pet are passive.

Troubleshooting

When using Chimpeon on a remote PC/laptop/VM, a connection issue may be encountered or Chimpeon may not automate the game.

Connection Issue

If you can't connect and/or send/receive a stream, perform the following actions:

  • Ensure network cables are connected and not damaged.
  • Ensure network adapters and drivers are correctly installed and enabled.
  • Ensure you can see the other PC in Windows.
  • Completely exit both instances of Splashtop or Steam then launch again on the game PC then the Chimpeon PC.

Automation Issue

If Chimpeon does not automate the game being streamed, read the Getting Chimpeon Working with a Game guide.

*Disclaimer

Although using Chimpeon on a remote PC/laptop/VM is considered to be the safest way of automating a game, Fly Software cannot guarantee you will not be banned from the game it is used with. Read our disclaimer at the bottom of this page, and read the Staying Safe and Ban Free guide.

UPDATED: 26 April 2023
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