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Alright I'm used to Fedora which solves little problems like this for you. But since I'm out of the playpen now I need a little help.
I have a Gateway Solo 9550 with the newest version of Debain installed. If I leave the system alone for a few minutes it will freeze (specifically the mouse) and if I close the lid it will freeze. I'm guessing there is some package or setting I'm missing here. Just tell me where to go.
I installed it and got something about recompiling the kernel to get advanced support but aside from that it in stalled finr. I am compiling MPlayer now so I don't want to test it just yet. While I'm waiting though do you know where I can go to make the mouse wheel button work?
For the freezing, it would help if you can narrow it down a bit. What happens if you start X, but don't touch the mouse at all ? Does it still freeze ? Does it take the same amount of time ? Any interesting warnings (WW) or errors (EE) in /var/log/XFree86.0.log ?
For the mouse wheel button, the above format will work if you have entered it correctly. Check your existing X config file, and then modify it as necessary. As a last resort, post the mouse entry here if you're still having trouble.
The part that you want to look at will be at the bottom of the log file (for the most recent addition) -- just scroll to the end, then back up until you see it beginning to repeat itself. Alternatively, you can simply 'grep' out the error and warning messages...
grep "EE\|WW" /var/log/XFree86.0.log
It looks like at least one error is coming from the incorrect mouse device location -- you may want to change /dev/input/mice back to whatever you had before. The only bits you'll probably want to change will be the "buttons" and "z axis mapping" lines.
(WW) warning, (EE) error, (NI) not implemented, (??) unknown.
(WW) The directory "/usr/lib/X11/fonts/cyrillic" does not exist.
(WW) The directory "/usr/lib/X11/fonts/CID" does not exist.
(II) Loading extension MIT-SCREEN-SAVER
(WW) System lacks support for changing MTRRs
(EE) xf86OpenSerial: Cannot open device /dev/input/mice
(EE) Generic Mouse: cannot open input device
(EE) PreInit failed for input device "Generic Mouse"
EDIT: Also I deleted the second mouse entry and it killed X so I put it back on.
While I'm waiting though do you know where I can go to make the mouse wheel button work?
Was this on a different system ?
Anyway, delete the second entry (the generic mouse) from your /etc/X11/XF86Config-4, restart X, and then grep for the errors from a console after it has frozen (switch to another screen by pressing CTRL - ALT - F1). Also, have a look at the tail end of /var/log/messages for clues.
Oh, nearly forgot -- you will also need to delete (or comment out, by placing a # at the beginning of the line) the line near the top of your XF86Config-4 file, that references your generic mouse. It will be in the "Server Layout" section, and the line will begin with "Input device".