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Old 01-10-2012, 07:07 AM   #1
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R.A.T. 7 Mouse - Doesn't work properly at first, but restarting X makes it work


So I picked up a Cyborg R.A.T. 7 mouse a while back and have always had problems with it working in Linux. I first noticed it in Slackware, where when I first start X, the mouse will only be useful in the first windows that I open and won't work anywhere else. a Ctrl-Alt-Backspace to restart X makes it act like a normal mouse, so I didn't working about it too much. However, I later installed Sabayon as an experiment and noticed the exact same behaviour. How can I fix X (or Linux is general, although the problem seems more closely related to X) so that this mouse works without me having to restart X?
 
Old 01-10-2012, 08:58 AM   #2
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Hi,

Do you have 'gpm' running? if so;
Quote:
excerpt from '/etc/rc.d/rc.gpm';

# There is another way to run GPM, where it acts as a repeater outputting a
# virtual MouseSystems mouse on /dev/gpmdata. This is useful for feeding
# gpm's data to X, especially if you've got a busmouse (in that situation X
# and gpm may not coexist without using a repeater). To try running a GPM
# repeater for X, change the gpm command line to look like this:
# /usr/sbin/gpm -R msc -m /dev/mouse -t imps2
# Then, make sure that the mouse configuration in your XF86Config file refers
# to the repeater device (/dev/gpmdata) and a MouseSystems mouse type. If you
# edit the file directly, you'll want the lines to look like this (minus the
# comment marks '#' shown here, of course):
#Section "Pointer"
# Protocol "MouseSystems"
# Device "/dev/gpmdata"
GPM & 'X' conflicts can occur if the 'rc.gpm' is not configured properly. I had issues with some early Logitech mice. As to your mouse, I would do a search for configs.
 
Old 01-11-2012, 07:23 AM   #3
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I will check that when I get home tonight.
 
Old 01-13-2012, 10:48 PM   #4
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So apparently Sabayon won't boot after the most recent update. But I appreciate the help, it should lead me in the right direction and is further ahead than I was before.
 
  


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