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Old 12-06-2005, 08:33 PM   #1
Registered: Oct 2005
Location: Ontario, Canada
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USB Mouse stops responding after some period of inactivity

Hi all, i'll explain the symptoms first, followed by some hardware specs. Thanks ahead of time to those of you who take the time to read this

My usb mouse, which is just a regular old logitech optical wheel mouse, just quits responding after a seemingly random period of time, if it's not being moved. Once this freeze occurs i can either switch to a console and back to X to fix the problem, or restart X.

Now, if i switch to a console and type
cat /dev/input/mouse0
moving the mouse produces the regular "&534@%#41@#$!$"

When i switch back the X, the mouse starts moving the cursor again, right where it left off. Of course, this leads me to believe that the problem is with X, and not the kernel/drivers.

The following lines appears in my Xorg.0.log:
(WW) Open APM failed (/dev/apm_bios) (No such file or directory)
(II) NVIDIA(0): Setting mode "1280x1024"
(II) Mouse0: ps2EnableDataReporting: succeeded
I can't be completely sure that the line regarding APM has anything to do with the problem, but it does seem like it since it almost always appears just before the second 2 lines.

The mouse will quite often stop responding before my screensaver comes on, which is 5 minutes, and well before my monitor turns off after 20 minutes.

Edit: The mouse is the only thing plugged in to usb when this happens, and i don't have gpm started

Now for the configs/specs

I'm running gentoo 2005.1 with and my kernel is 2.6.14-gentoo-r2

usb, uhci, and hid support are compiled into the kernel

apm support isn't compiled, and acpi support is.

My xorg.conf:
Section "ServerLayout"
	Identifier     " Configured"
	Screen      0  "Screen0" 0 0
	InputDevice    "Mouse0" "CorePointer"
	InputDevice    "Keyboard0" "CoreKeyboard"

Section "Files"
	RgbPath      "/usr/lib/X11/rgb"
	ModulePath   "/usr/lib/modules"
	FontPath     "/usr/share/fonts/misc/"
	FontPath     "/usr/share/fonts/TTF/"
	FontPath     "/usr/share/fonts/Type1/"
	FontPath     "/usr/share/fonts/CID/"
	FontPath     "/usr/share/fonts/75dpi/"
	FontPath     "/usr/share/fonts/100dpi/"

Section "Module"
	Load  "record"
	Load  "xtrap"
	Load  "dbe"
	# Load  "dri"
	Load  "glx"
	Load  "extmod"
	Load  "freetype"
	Load  "type1"

Section "InputDevice"
	Identifier  "Keyboard0"
	Driver      "kbd"

Section "InputDevice"
	Identifier  "Mouse0"
	Driver      "mouse"
	Option	    "Protocol" "ExplorerPS/2"
	Option	    "Device" "/dev/input/mouse0"
	Option		"ZAxisMapping" "4 5"

Section "Monitor"
	Identifier   "Monitor0"
	VendorName   "KDS"
	ModelName    "ions VS-7i"
	HorizSync    30.0 - 70.0
	VertRefresh  50.0 - 160.0
	Option	    "DPMS"

Section "Device"
	Identifier  "Card0"
	Driver      "nvidia"
	VendorName  "nVidia Corporation"
	#BoardName   "NV15 [GeForce2 GTS/Pro]"
	VideoRam 65536
	#BusID       "PCI:1:0:0"

Section "Screen"
	Identifier "Screen0"
	Device     "Card0"
	Monitor    "Monitor0"
	DefaultDepth 24
	SubSection "Display"
		Depth     16
		Modes "1280x1024 1280x768 1024x768"	
	SubSection "Display"
		Depth     24
		Modes "1280x1024 1280x768 1024x768"
Thanks again!


Last edited by dmartins; 12-06-2005 at 08:37 PM.


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