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I am a Linux newbie and have in stalled two linux distros since becoming a linux fan.
The former being linpire and the latter being ubuntu.
Both the distros seem to find a problem with my Typhoon PS/2 optical mouse. It was surprising to see that both of them show the same problem.
As the OS boots up, the optical laser gets switched off. When the desktop loads, the mouse pointer is visible at the center of the screen where it should be by default. Now both the left and right click buttons work here, but i cant move the pointer to any other place. If I use the wheel, the pointer moves to the top right of the screen. I know that the buttons are working because whenever i press the right mouse button, the desktop options appear. As there is no icon in focus, the left click does nothing.
I am temporarily controlling my mouse pointer with the numpad but would love to do it with the mouse.
Another point that may help you with your diagnosis is that in Ubuntu, when the system is booting up, as the message "Loading Hardware Drivers" comes up, the mouse laser gets off. Its on uptil that moment and with the message, it also goes out.
Id be so very thankful if anyone could fix this problem and make my Linux experience an enjoyable one.
Thank you for being patient enough to read the entire message.
A Linux fan.