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Old 05-28-2005, 04:43 PM   #1
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Angry Mandrake Killed My Mouse


Hey Folks,

Just got hold of "Mandriva Linux LE 2005", stuck in the DVD and hit re-boot, and was greeted with the standard boot menu and chosen to continue, started on the Installation Screen to be welcomed with the fact my mouse (Optical-Wired-PS/2) Was A) Not Responding, B) The Ambient Red Glow that is ever present even when my PC is Powered Down, was no longer there....

I played it fair and thought it may have been a installation problem, and spent 2 Times as long Doing everything by Keyboard, finished it all and went into my first boot, still with it being dead and so it continued.....

Following this I re-booted into WinXP-Pro, and this failed to bring my mouse back..... Frushtrated I decided to boot without the Mouse in, so I did, then, re-booted and my mouse was Back.

30 Mins Later.....

Conclusion: A Boot into windows is okay for the mouse, But if I boot into Linux it will kill the mouse of until the point of re-booting without it connected then re-booting again with it connected, however I as yet have not been able to boot into this Distro With a PS/2 Mouse.

This Mouse has Worked For: FC3, RHE, DEB, SUSE, However Not Mandriva, A USB Mouse Will operate Fine, however my only USB Mouse is a Shoddy old one. I wish to use This Distro to help teach my Girlfreind Linux as It apparently is the most N00b Freindly.

Anyone Can help I would be more than greatfull.

Many Thanks In Advance!!

Gareth

(Sorry For For the Load of System info, just thought better to much than too Little)

>> System Info >>

Processor
Model : AMD Athlon(tm) XP 1800+
Speed : 1.54GHz
Model Number : 1800 (estimated)
Performance Rating : PR2233 (estimated)
Type : Standard
L2 On-board Cache : 256kB ECC Synchronous, Write-Back, 16-way set, 64 byte line size

Mainboard
Bus(es) : ISA AGP PCI IMB USB i2c/SMBus
MP Support : 1 CPU(s)
MP APIC : Yes
System BIOS : American Megatrends Inc. 07.00T
System : 7VTXE+
Mainboard : Gigabyte Technology Co., Ltd. 7VTXE+
Total Memory : 384MB DDR-SDRAM

Chipset 1
Model : VIA Technologies Inc VT8366/A,VT8367 Apollo KT266/A,KT333 CPU to PCI Bridge
Front Side Bus Speed : 2x 134MHz (268MHz data rate)
Total Memory : 384MB DDR-SDRAM
Memory Bus Speed : 2x 134MHz (268MHz data rate)

Video System
Adapter : NVIDIA GeForce FX 5200

Physical Storage Devices
Removable Drive : Floppy disk drive
Hard Disk : ST340016A (37GB)
CD-ROM/DVD : DVDRW IDE1008 (CD 94X Rd) (DVD 12X Rd)

Peripherals
Serial/Parallel Port(s) : 2 COM / 1 LPT
USB Controller/Hub : VIA Rev 5 or later USB Universal Host Controller
USB Controller/Hub : VIA Rev 5 or later USB Universal Host Controller
USB Controller/Hub : USB Root Hub
USB Controller/Hub : USB Root Hub
Keyboard : Standard 101/102-Key or Microsoft Natural PS/2 Keyboard
Mouse : Microsoft PS/2 Mouse

MultiMedia Device(s)
Device : NVIDIA(R) nForce(TM) MIDI UART
Device : Standard Game Port
Device : Realtek AC'97 Audio for VIA (R) Audio Controller

Network Services
Adapter : Myson MTD80X Based Fast Ethernet Card

Last edited by TFF; 05-28-2005 at 04:45 PM.
 
Old 05-28-2005, 04:52 PM   #2
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I had a similar problem in Fedora core 2. Turned out to be just an option in my BIOS. Try changing the USB legacy support in your BIOS. Helped me. Somebody posted this after my two long nights of endless reinstalls I even tried mandrake at some point and nothing helped. I finally got it working with a kernel reinstall, but then a wise guy tells me the solution was a click away :P Anyway I was glad and angry he did :P
 
Old 05-29-2005, 08:24 AM   #3
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Hrrmmm,

I have Tried all 3 Various Options for my USB Legacy Support in my BIOS,

[DISABLED]
[ALL DEVICES]
[NO MICE]

And all 3 still lave the mouse in a dormant state, however with the [ALL DEVICES] Option enabled the mouse responds to clicks on Left/Right Buttons, but its optical/Movement is still disabled.

marghorp, I thank you for your good reply, and it seems to have me partially on the way, but anyone got any ideas how to get it all up and running?

Cheers again!!!

Gareth
 
Old 05-29-2005, 03:19 PM   #4
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Nice, it's a start. Well just boot Linux. Press CTRL+ALT+F1 or F2 or F3 or F4 to get to command line. Login as root. Try these commands (and move the mouse when you run each of those):

cat /dev/psaux
cat /dev/mouse
cat /dev/psmouse

Leave each of them running for a couple of seconds and move your mouse in the meantime. If any of these produces results, you are on a good way. It should print characters on the command line, resembling your mouse movement.

Good luck!
 
Old 05-30-2005, 02:20 AM   #5
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All 3 Show A serise of 'X' representing the mouse clicks, but they all failed on printing the movement, its not just that it does not respond to the movement, but with it being an optical mouse, the LED is not being powered.... its damn weird that the buttons work but the rest of the mouse does not....
 
Old 05-30-2005, 06:45 PM   #6
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Did you try pluging it into a different USB port? MAybe the one you are using is pooched

Check that.
 
Old 05-30-2005, 07:45 PM   #7
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Recently, I had the same problem when installing Mandrake Linux 10.1. The problem is kernel version 2.6.x does not setup PS/2 mice correctly when it is compiled builtin. Kernel version 2.4.x works well with PS/2 mouse. I found this out when I upgraded the kernel for Slackware 10 several months ago. I had to make sure PS/2 mouse support is compiled as a module when I was configuring the kernel. To install Mandrake 10.1 with a PS/2 mouse. You have to use the 2.4.x kernel of the Mandrake installer. Kernel version 2.4.x does not have this problem at all, but I have not tried this way. The packages will not have a problem with 2.4.x. If you have devices that depend on 2.6 such as rare video capture cards, you are going to have trouble switching from devfsd to udev.
 
  


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