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Old 08-03-2004, 10:29 PM   #1
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Question how to install an optical mouse in Linux?

Hi, I found a few messages about installing optical mice but they don't really answer my questions. So I need to post a new one here:

I have Redhat enterprise installed on my laptop and I have been using two mice at the same time: the built-in mouse and a mechanical wireless mouse connected to one of the USB ports. Now I am trying to upgrade this wireless mouse to a wireless optical one. Since the config filehas already two mice in it, I thought I can simply plug in the optical mouse. But it doesn't work. At first I could connect the connector to the mouse. Then at some point, the light in the connector started flashing which means it is talking to the mouse, but still the cursor doesn't move with it. Is there any difference between mechanical and optical mice? Should I add a new "InputDevice" for the optical mouse?

Here is part of the X config file:


Section "InputDevice"
Identifier "Mouse0"
Driver "mouse"
Option "Protocol" "/dev/psaux"
Option "ZAxisMapping" "4 5"
Option "Emulate3Buttons" "no"

Section "InputDevice"
Identifier "DevInputMice"
Driver "mouse"
Option "Protocol" "IMPS/2"
Option "Device" "/dev/input/mice"
Option "ZAxisMapping" "4 5"
Option "Emulate3Buttons" "no"

Old 08-04-2004, 02:53 AM   #2
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I would try removing the line with "Emulate3Buttons" "no" and replace it with:

Option "Buttons" "5"
Old 08-04-2004, 11:25 PM   #3
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Hi, I tried this but there is no difference. Actually I think the problem is more than the setting in XFree86: When I turn on or restart the laptop with the mouse plugged in the USB, it complains several times about "usb_control/bulk_msg timeout". I have never seen this problem before with the mechanical mouse. Any idea about what it is? Thanks!

PS I forgot to say that the optical mouse I bought is model "OPM-602" from "mi Micro Innovations".


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