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Old 01-03-2002, 11:25 PM   #1
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Optical USB mouse (microsoft)


Hi
I've had an issue for a while that I really wanted to get resolved.
I've got a USB optical microsoft mouse (not intellemouse). But in linux it won't work. In windows its fine.
On start up it ask me to select the mouse etc but any that I've tried result in the mouse just not working, no errors.
Has anyway had one working? , if so what type of mouse did you set it to.

Now the interesting catch, I've got a ps/2 converter for it and if I use that in linux it works fine as a generic mouse. But windows hangs on start up (sound familar?)

So it means I've got to unplug the mouse and plug it into ps/2 port for linux and usb for windows..

Any ideas on how I get get the usb thing working for linux, I don't even wanna attempt getting ps/2 working with windows, its more trouble than its worth.

Oh yea.. I'm using REDHAT 7.1..forgot the kernel version..2.2.something..

Aaron
 
Old 01-03-2002, 11:36 PM   #2
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well to tell you the truth.. getting a usb mouse to work in linux probably as much trouble as ps/2 mouse working in windows.. i stay away from usb in linux for the time being until the support gets better....
 
Old 01-04-2002, 03:16 AM   #3
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A PS/2 mouse uses IRQ 7. In windows the IRQ sharing is supposed to work so it shouldn't matter if another device also uses this IRQ. I have never really trusted that though especially if it is causing problems. So if there is any card in your machine using IRQ 7 try setting it to another IRQ. Or remove the card temporarily and see if you can get the mouse to work then.

I have problems with some of my USB devices. And I haven't taken the time to figure that out yet so I wouldn't know how to get your mouse working as a USB mouse.

By the way I have the same mouse as you have and I've always used it as a ps/2 mouse both in windows and linux without any problems.
 
Old 01-04-2002, 04:54 AM   #4
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Ok, well I guess if I want usb I gotta wait..
But yea I"ll find out if anything is grabbing the irq for it..I know my modem used to want to be on a different comm port for win98 and win2k when I had it tripple booting..no idea why..windows strangeness..
7 mins til I finish work..joy..
 
Old 01-04-2002, 10:49 AM   #5
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I'm using RH 7.2. It appears to have good USB support as the usb mouse is recognized right at install.
 
Old 01-04-2002, 11:26 AM   #6
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I've got a laptop with ML8.1 and I have both the glidepoint and a USB mouse working. I had some trouble getting both to work at once for a while, but I was always able to have at least one working. If I changed it in the config, I had to reboot to get the new one to work. It finally works OK which is good. I might be able to post my config file when I get home if you like.
 
Old 01-04-2002, 12:51 PM   #7
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I have just installed RH7.2 and previously had Mandy8.1 both of them work fine with my optical logitech USB mouse, my first guess wuold be the kernel you use doesn't support USB well yet, get kernel-2.4.x it has good support for USB devices
 
Old 01-04-2002, 04:03 PM   #8
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usb support under linux is always improving... under kernel 2.2.x, it's practically useless. kernel 2.4.x has pretty good usb support - hot-plugging doesn't work, if i remember correctly, but most usb mouses are well supported. rh 7.1 had a 2.2.x kernel, and 7.2 had a 2.4.x... which is why the 7.2 install caught the usb mouse.
 
Old 01-04-2002, 04:24 PM   #9
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Using Mandrake 8.1 and using a USB Microsoft Wheel Mouse optical 5 btn (got it for 25 bux OEM MUHAHAHAHA). works like a charm.

My kernel revision is 2.4.8-32 hope this helps and no i am not using the converter as it reduces the amount of scans that USB supports. (reduced accuracy). If your an avid gamer like me you need accuracy lol
 
Old 01-04-2002, 04:25 PM   #10
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Also, i tested RedHat 7.2 on my other computer which also has a standard Wheel Mouse Optical and it worked so ...
 
Old 01-04-2002, 04:30 PM   #11
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Well since I'm using the 2.2 kernel that prolly explains a bit..
Bigger mission that first though..
Thanks for the info tho

anyone disagree that 2.4 is good with usb?

I'll get onto it..
 
Old 01-04-2002, 04:43 PM   #12
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Good place to start is http://www.linuxiso.org
 
Old 01-07-2002, 03:52 AM   #13
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If you are going to get into a new kernel to set up your mouse as USB this hint might help you out a bit.

http://hints.linuxfromscratch.org/hints/usbmouse.txt
 
Old 01-07-2002, 11:31 AM   #14
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try this:

modprobe usb-uhci
modprobe hid
modprobe mousedev
ln -s /dev/input/mice /dev/mouse
gpm -t imps2

If usb-uhci bombs out just try plain 'uhci'

These modules loaded fine for my logitech usb wireless and it now works in both console and x

Look in your system logs when you load the modules to see if they detect your hardware, if they do you might have to jimmy w/ the settings, but it'll work as long as the devices are at least detected.

(this was all done on a 2.4.5 and 2.4.17 kernel out of slackware 8.0 btw

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