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Old 04-30-2007, 07:10 AM   #1
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Well, I am back again. Trying to haunt you guys. I have been experimenting with different kernels to become more used to installing before getting set in my ways. I tried to be clever and update to the next latest stable kernel 2.6.21. Everything seemed to go ok, but on reboot I didn't have a working mouse. Tried to re-install several different options but no dice. I have a logitech cordless desktop deluxe optical keyboard/mouse combination. This was working fine on 2.6.21. Is there something I can do before changing back to 2.6.21? I had a look at logitechs website for info on linux drivers for my keyboard/mouse - but no dice. Seems a bit strange that I only upgraded to little later version and problems. I would like to keep my cordless keyboard/mouse combination if possible. Pehaps someone has heard of some extra drivers one can install?
 
Old 04-30-2007, 07:40 AM   #2
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sounds most like you just haven't configured the kernel correctly... you've really said nothing abot what distro this is, which kernel you're talkign about... vanilla kernel.org release i assume? there are usually big differences between a vanilla kernel and the kernels that distro vendors release, as they will apply their own favoured patches and such, so it's often not a drop in replacement. And generally kernel compilation is hard... there's always somethign you'll miss for a long while...
 
Old 04-30-2007, 09:32 AM   #3
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Thanks acid kewpie, I originally downloaded the 2.6.17.13 from the slackware cd 2 with the help of SlackDaemon. I guess the advantage of using that kernel was not having to answer a thousand and one questions that one doesn't really understand completely yet. When I downloaded the 2.6.21 I followed a link from linux archives http://www.kernel.org/pub/linux/ I then set about trying to find info on how to install it. Acid juices had straight forward installation info on the link below
http://www.linuxquestions.org/linux/...Slackware_10_1

I chose to download an already configured kernel via a link to Patricks config (config-2.6.10.)

which I of course updated to 2.6.21. Obviously there was something missing in that file that made it hard to install my cordless mouse. The keyboard works fine - it's just the mouse that is causing a problem. I am prepared to go through the process of configuring the kernel - just could need some more guidence. Have you a better suggestion regarding where to download my kernel. I try to keep to the stable ones. Once I get into the routine of doing the upgrade, patches and such like - I can go onto the more usual side of computers. I find linux fascinating -just need to learn a bit more.
 
  


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