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Old 08-11-2009, 11:39 PM   #1
Chunky77
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Post My USB mouse stops working in Debian with resource intense programs.


I'm using Debian, and my USB mouse will just stop working (it remains on screen, but completely frozen. I've done this on two different mice, both of them completely shut down (light turns off) and won't work if I plug them back in) if I try and do anything too resource intense like running a vmware secondary operating system (although it does it with many other programs that use more resources than the Terminal and Epiphany...

I've got a Dual Core Intel 2.4 processor, and 6GB of ram, with an nvidia 8800 GTX. I don't feel like it should be the resources running low... Any ideas?

(Using PS/2 mouse isn't an option either...)
 
Old 08-12-2009, 12:53 AM   #2
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Post USB mouse not working

Well, one thing is for sure that your system has good hardware so it isn't the problem of resourse intensity. but which version of debian r u using n which usb ports meaning front or back of your computer and does all the usb ports give u the freezing pointer problem ?
as a rule of thumb, u should try checking both mice on another computer with any Operating system.If its working fine on any other system than first go to BIOS n stop the "USB legacy support". This may help :-) . (very sorry if it doesn't)
 
Old 08-12-2009, 06:18 AM   #3
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As you describe your problem, it looks like your usb ports are being shut down. Sometimes a kernel upgrade will help. If you got a 2.6.26 kernel, or an 'old' version of the 2.6.30-1 kernel i would recommend to upgrade since these versions have known problems with some hot plugging hardware.
 
Old 08-12-2009, 10:32 PM   #4
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Ok, since I had just installed Debian from the netinstaller CD, I'm just going to reinstall from the 5 DVD's. I just downloaded them today, so I think that it should be the most updated Kernel, right? I won't have to recompile that to a more recent version if I've got the most recent Debian, will I?
 
Old 08-13-2009, 12:39 PM   #5
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Actually, if you don't want to, you'll never have to compile a kernel. Everything is in standard modules today. In most cases you get the stable release wich is distributed with a 2.6.26-2 kernel. The latest kernels (2.6.29 and 2.6.30) are a lot improved with hardware support.

You also can add the backports repository to /etc/apt/sources.list and install the latest version of the kernel by using a program like Synaptic. Reinstalling is too radical yet. The 5 DVD's also can contain the old kernel.

Add the following lines in your sources.list file:
Code:
## Debian backports:
deb http://www.backports.org/debian lenny-backports main contrib non-free
and run Synaptic

Click the reload button and then the Search button. Type in the dialog the following text: linux-image and press Ok. Now you see all linux kernels and patches. Choose the latest version shown to you and mark the file for install, click Apply and the new kernel will be installed.

Exit Synaptic and alter the just added code in your sources.list (quoting the lower line) if you only want latest software when needed:

Code:
## Debian backports:
# deb http://www.backports.org/debian lenny-backports main contrib non-free
Restart your system and choose the new kernel in your Grub menu. The problem should be solved then.

Last edited by Laurens73; 08-13-2009 at 12:45 PM.
 
  


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