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can eny one please help me im using knoppix and ive installed it twice the 1st time i did i had the mouse pluged in (logitech usb ) and it worked then i had to do an reinstall becuase somehting really screwy happend. and i had my ps/2 mouse in when i did that
then when i tryed unpluging my ps/2 mouse and pluging the usb mouse the lights came on but the pointer isnt working.
as far as i know u need to have the right mouse plugged in when u boot up this isnt windows :P. I dont know if u feel like tryin a new distro but give MEPIS a shot. I've had absolutely everything work with it even my possessed printer (with a lil tweaking of course) decided to work.
O and i have an logitech optical usb mouse also . MEPIS got it right out of the box. If you dont feel like installing the distro then burn an iso and use it its a live cd also.
Just try rebooting and see if Knoppix detects the mouse
If you have a USB-to-PS2 adapter plug, it's worth plugging your USB optical mouse
in with it, into the PS2 input, and see if it gets recognized and usable that way. That
worked for me when I couldn't get Mandrake Linux to recognize the USB mouse one
time. (Since then I made a new successful installation in which the mouse was
recognized with no trouble, plugged in as USB.)