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Old 01-30-2003, 10:07 PM   #1
tubbycub
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Question mouse not responding when installing Mandrake 9.0


Hi all,

I wonder if anyone had experienced this. I was installing Linux Mandrake 9.0 for the first time and my mouse was not responding at all throughout the entire installation, the pointer just stayed in the middle of the screen.

Does anyone know how to solve this?

Thanks in advance.
 
Old 01-31-2003, 02:20 AM   #2
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A little more information would be helpful.
What kind of mouse do you have?
Does it connect to a serial Port?
Or a PS2 port?
Perhaps it is a BUS mouse?
Is there a scroll wheel?

I have a Microsoft wireless wheel mouse which connects to a PS2 port, and it worked correctly. [Don't ask why I have anything from Microsoft - I hate dragging a mouse cord around, and when my track ball bit the dust, this was as close as I could come to anything that works like I want]

I'll check this thread in 24 hours to see if there is any response from you

Ernie [ernie@spydermania.com]
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Old 01-31-2003, 05:54 AM   #3
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Hi Ernie,

First of all, thanks for responding.

It's a basic 2 button Microsoft Intellimouse with scroll wheel on PS/2 port, nothing fanciful.

I will try installing in Expert mode where I am able to configure the mouse manually, I will post the results later. Wish me luck!
 
Old 01-31-2003, 06:03 AM   #4
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What hardware are you installing on?
Is it perchance a laptop?
 
Old 01-31-2003, 06:08 AM   #5
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It's a Desktop with AMD Duron 800mhz processor, 256MB RAM, ASUS A7V mainboard with 133mhz bus speed, Creative Geforce 2 GTS video card, Creative Live Value sound card and Microsoft mouse with scroll wheel etc
 
Old 01-31-2003, 07:38 AM   #6
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Hmm, I had a similar problem with a laptop with a trackpoint - neither trackpoint nor mouse worked until I changed the BIOS setting.
Probably doesn't apply to a desktop, but it is worth checking if there are any mouse settings in your BIOS
 
Old 01-31-2003, 08:35 AM   #7
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It could be either that linux doesn't see the mouse at all or that X is misconfigured. The command
  dmesg | egrep -i 'mouse|ps/2'
should tell you if the mouse is at all seen by the system. The command
  gpm -t ps2 -m /dev/psaux
should give you a working mouse in the text console. If that works you need to reconfigure X.
 
Old 01-31-2003, 04:08 PM   #8
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Thanks for the advices, guys...

Anyway, I got it to work by installing the OS in expert mode. It was when using this mode that I found out what the problem was. The auto-detection of Recommended mode had set my mouse as a USB mouse as default, so I just have to manually select the mouse as PS2 generic 2 button mouse. The mouse started responding immediately after doing this.
 
Old 02-01-2003, 12:47 AM   #9
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Glad you got the mouse working.
If the mouse wheel is not working, you can go into the Mandrake Control Center and select hardware, then the mouse, and select the generic ps2 wheel mouse. Then you roll the mousse wheel until the pointer steadies up, and just for good measure, click the buttons to make sure the graphical buttons respond.

HTH,
 
  


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