This August I finally installed a dual-boot Mandrake7.0 distro I've had around for a while.
I had numerous problems trying to install, and finally my PC-pro sister did what she frankly described as a 'quick and dirty install'
Shortly after she left, my USB trackball failed [in Linux].
After some days of [self] hair pulling, I solved many Logitech cordless trackball issues in WIn98 by setting it as a PS/2, and removing stand-by function for the system.
I have spread requests for assistance around various Linux lands, and hope to actually try some of what I've picked up...soon...I'm feeling disappointed about the whole thing so far...
I hope one of the mulitudinous e-mails I downloaded includes just how one accesses a text console with no pointer [Linus not recognizing ANYTHING, including 3-button mouse, serial/PS2/USB.
Before I leap into my nerve fray, can anyone give me some general advice about changing distros? I'd prefer to keep to Mandrake, because I have much treecorpse on it [came with], but am willing to entertain another with better peripheral recognition! Also, if I go that route, should I/could I uninstall old one ?[it's on secondary HD] I have been reading about someone else's attempts to do same, and without someone looking over my shoulder, I'm not sure I want to go looking for Linux files, even on freedisks...
Thanks for any thoughts