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I just decided to install linux on my second hard disk - SuSE 8. I am fairly experienced with computers, and just built an AMD XP system. But, I know nothing about Unix or Linux!
The install was ok, except for a "Could not mount partition /dev/hda6 to /mnt/windows/E, continue or abort."
hda is my Win2K disk, E is a non-formatted partition. What was it trying to do? I was installing on hdb, not hda. And the boot manager works fine.
ANYWAY, to the real problem!
My Logitech iTouch keyboard (USB) works like a charm.
My Logitech Cordless MouseMan Optical was fine during installation - the wheel didn't work, but it moved and pointed with no problems while I was installing. As soon as install was done and I rebooted and actually started linux, (the first create username box) it doesn't move. Why the difference between install and actual use, and what do I need to do to get it to work? (The select mouse dialog came up and had usb mouse highlighted, I clicked ok. but it doesn't work...)
I will probably have a few questions in the next week or two. Its frustrating to start from basically zero knowledge...argh.
OK, first, the harddisk. You may be installing to hdb, but if you want to access any of your Windows files, you will need to mount the partitions on which they are stored. Now, hda is your Windows drive, hda6 is a partition on your Windows drive, and it's trying to mount it as /mnt/windows/E. When you boot to Windows, presumably you have C:, D: and E:? You say that hda6 is a non-formatted partition...it won't be able to mount it, so will give you that error. You can either format the partition or edit your /etc/fstab file. This file tells the Linux mount command which devices/partitions are to be mounted where, and with what options (including filesystem).
As for the mouse. I'm affraid I don't use SuSE, but I have found that USB mice don't work automagically under Mandrake 8.2 either. If there's a text-based mouse configuring thing, then do the following:
Boot to Linux, in graphical mode if you like. Press <CTRL>+<ALT>+<F2> (or F3, F4...). Log in as root on this text console and run the text-based mouse config program.
You might need to drop to RL3 in order to do this properly, in which case:
Boot to Linux (in GUI if you like). Goto to a text-console (as above) and log in as root. Type init 3 and then run the mouse-config thing. Once you've done this, type init 5 to go back to a GUI. Keep your fingers crossed.
Also, there is quite a lot of stuff on this site already about USB mice, so take a look at what others have done before.