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Old 12-20-2014, 11:02 PM   #1
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mouse sluggish and wanders in linux mint 13 with lenovo T400 laptop


mouse sluggish and wanders in linux mint 13 with lenovo T400 laptop.

it seems whether i use mouse, or track pad on this laptop the pointer is not responsive or wonders. this is frustrating.

the laptop is a dual boot with win 7, this problem only happens when I use linux mint 13. any help would be greatly appreciated, i hope it is just a setting orsomething i can adjust. at this page it works fine but using brower on E-bay it is a mess also on home screen to.
 
Old 12-21-2014, 11:25 PM   #2
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Hi:

The current version of Linux Mint is 17.
It's best to run a distribution that is supported. That way all of the drivers are installed and work with your
computers hardware.

Before you download Mint check the .iso file and make sure you have the correct .iso for your computers architecture.
(32 or 64-bit)
http://www.linuxmint.com/download.php

Mint 13, I don't think is supported anymore and thus maybe that's why your mouse isn't being recognized.
 
Old 12-22-2014, 06:57 AM   #3
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Thanks I never thought of that. My laptop is 64, I think I downloaded 32.

As archetecture 32 works on a 64 machine, but maybe not as well as 64.

I wonder if I can upgrade, from 13 to 17, with out uninstal 13 and do new install of 17, although I don't like to upgrade just for the sake of it. If it ain't broke, why upgrade?

Is there any other way I can get a driver for my mouse and track pad? It is funny sometimes it works ok other times NOT.

Thanks again for your suggestion. I will look into it.
 
Old 12-22-2014, 07:52 PM   #4
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The best way (since your running an old version of Mint) is to download the latest version and perform a fresh installation.

Drivers are included in the new Mint for your mouse and touchpad.

Modules and drivers are in a special place on Linux.
If you'd like to see all the drivers for your machine open the terminal and run:
Code:
lsmod
I don't think there are any drivers that you could install at this time.

I accidentally downloaded 32 bit for my 64 bit machine and installed it once.
The operating system didn't run well and the browser gave me trouble.

If your laptop is 64-bit it's best to install Linux Mint 17 64-bit.
Cinnamon and Mate Desktop Envirnments run great!

The new Mint is very nice!
I've been running it for about a week and I have no complaints.

If you don't see your Windows 7 os in your Grub Menu after you perform a fresh installation of Mint.
-boot into Mint
-open the termianl&
-run: sudo os-prober
-than run: sudo update-grub
-Reboot

Good luck and (if you celebrate Christmas) Merry Christmas sandroD-
 
Old 12-22-2014, 08:43 PM   #5
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Hi Ztcoracat,

Thanks for all the help, over X-mas I will do a fresh install

Thanks also for the commnad to put win 7 back into grub.

Also if U celebrate X-mas have a good one. Thanks
 
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Hi Ztcoracat,

Thanks for all the help, over X-mas I will do a fresh install

Thanks also for the commnad to put win 7 back into grub.

Also if U celebrate X-mas have a good one. Thanks
Your Welcome!-

-:-Cheers-:-
 
Old 12-22-2014, 10:27 PM   #7
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One question, I just thought of, actualy I saw lots of posts about removing linux for another distro, but basicaly the thread was "removing linux"

Just thought, for. New install of mint, 17, can I use a live USB, try it, then pick install and it will. Detect that I have win 7 and also existing mint 13, so I can just over write it with mint. 17?

Using live USB or live CD was the answer I got for people who wanted to remove one linux distro for another and were worried about MBR and other issues.

This person said forget it and just use a live CD or USB and check off format, so it formats the partician with the existing linux distro and it will take care of MBR and other issues.does this make sense for me to do also.

NOTE I should save any data in my home folder first?

I also read that if you choose " upgrade" to a higher version of the samee distro, using a LIVE CD to USB install it will keep all your data in the home folder. Is that true also? Also noting I am going from 32 to 64 archecture.

Thanks for your final words of wisdom.
 
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One question, I just thought of, actualy I saw lots of posts about removing linux for another distro, but basicaly the thread was "removing linux"

Just thought, for. New install of mint, 17, can I use a live USB, try it, then pick install and it will. Detect that I have win 7 and also existing mint 13, so I can just over write it with mint. 17?

Using live USB or live CD was the answer I got for people who wanted to remove one linux distro for another and were worried about MBR and other issues.

This person said forget it and just use a live CD or USB and check off format, so it formats the partician with the existing linux distro and it will take care of MBR and other issues.does this make sense for me to do also.

NOTE I should save any data in my home folder first?

I also read that if you choose " upgrade" to a higher version of the samee distro, using a LIVE CD to USB install it will keep all your data in the home folder. Is that true also? Also noting I am going from 32 to 64 archecture.

Thanks for your final words of wisdom.

During your fresh installation of Mint (doesn't matter if you use usb or Live DVD/CD) when it comes time to install Linux Mint 17 the partition manager that comes with the Mint installer will prompt you and show you the current partitions that are on your machine.

When I partition I highlight the old partition (in your case Mint 13) and tell the partition manager to delete that partition. You can than click on the "freespace" from the deleted partition and create a new partition for your new Linux Mint 17 ext3 or ext4 partition. Make sure you create a mountpoint (/)

I'm not sure if "upgrade" will keep your data in the home folder. (never tried it)
I've always installed the new distribution and than update and upgrade it once it's up and running after the first boot.

Yes, save the data in your home folder. Copy all of your files onto a usb memory stick or a external HDD if you have one.

If you want to make sure your machine is 64-bit run this command and post the output.
I check and see if the "lm" flag is present. If it is your CPU is 64-bit.
Code:
cat /proc/cpuinfo
 
Old 12-22-2014, 11:30 PM   #9
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can I use a live USB, try it, then pick install and it will.
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