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Old 05-25-2004, 10:02 PM   #1
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Smile a silly noobie installation problem, sorry, but i need a little advice

hey there. i just got mandrake 8.2. during the install, it doesnt recognise my mouse, no matter what mouse profile i pick. ive got a kensington orbit usb.
when it prods, it freezes.
is this a 8.2 thing? im thinking its just me. im getting dsl next week, so ill be able to download 10.0 then. ive searched all sorts of threads, and nothing helped .
i also have slax [dl'd it to get to know linux], and you have to type wheelmouse to get it started there [even tho its not a wheelmouse]. you can manually enter the info, but i would have no idea what i was doing. slowly, im learning.
id appreciate a little good advice if you can spare.

Old 05-26-2004, 07:07 AM   #2
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I would try editing the XF86Config file. To do that, you open up a terminal, type: "Su root" type your password, then "kedit /etc/X11/XF86Config". once you have that open, scoll down to the mouse setting and type USB in the correct spot.
Restart the computer, and see if that helps
Old 05-26-2004, 11:48 AM   #3
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I use this in the /etc/X11/XF86config file to get my usb mouse working

Identifier "Mouse1"
Driver "mouse"
Option "Protocol" "Auto"
Option "Device" "/dev/mouse"

Actually the Protocol Auto made the trick for me
Old 05-26-2004, 04:06 PM   #4
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thanks a lot!

ill give it a try right now, and see what happens.

i appreciate your time
Old 07-06-2004, 12:28 PM   #5
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Hey Purple...
Did you get your mouse to work?
I'm sitting with Mandrake 10 and none of my USB-mice work with the installation program. I've even tried with an usb to ps/2 adapter, but it doesn't work either.
Did you go on with the installation without mouse, and then fixed the conf-file ?


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