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Old 01-20-2004, 01:09 PM   #1
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Serial Mouse Problems


I have an oldish computer with a 400Mhz Processor, 64 Ram, and an old serial mouse and 5 pin keyboard. I tried installing Linux on it but it cant find the mouse. The mouse is a standard serial mouse on COM1, I select that but it refuses to find it and it wont start the X Server !! Please help if you can
 
Old 01-20-2004, 02:09 PM   #2
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Please provide some details, such as distro, /etc/X11/XF86Config and the error

It shouldn't be hard to fix
 
Old 01-20-2004, 02:14 PM   #3
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Hi!

I want to see your /etc/X11/XF86Config-4 or, if you don't have that file, the /etc/X11/XF86Config file.

Do you know how to dump that file here? If not, follow the steps I outlined in this thread (my second reply, replace directories as appropriate):
http://www.linuxquestions.org/questi...hreadid=131637

Also, what Linux distribution do you have, and what mouse?

Regards
Martin
 
Old 01-20-2004, 02:16 PM   #4
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Thanks peeps for your replys, but what i forgot to tell you was that i was just about going to install it and when i press enter to install it finds unkown monitor, graphics card and picks the mouse up as "No mouse" but when i configure it on COM1 generic 3 button mouse and press ok it still fails to start X, Any Ideas please. Thanks
 
Old 01-20-2004, 02:41 PM   #5
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OK. But still, which Linux distribution? This is important, since different Linux distributions are rather different.

And do you know what manufacturer/model of mouse you have?

Regards
Martin
 
Old 01-20-2004, 05:07 PM   #6
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Hi martin, soz i dont know what make of mouse it is, but I am using Red Hat 9. Any Ideas. Thanks
 
Old 01-20-2004, 05:48 PM   #7
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Hi again.

Sorry. I tried starting installation of RH9 on my old system with a serial mouse. Unfortunately (?) my mouse (Microsoft Intellimouse) was identified as a Generic 2 Button Serial mouse.

The only thing I can imagine is that your mouse is very non-standard or that your serial ports are swapped or disabled in BIOS. (Are you familiar with BIOS settings?)

If you don't have another mouse, could you try installing in text mode? That way, we can try to solve your mouse problems after install.

Good luck and good night. (It's soon midnight in Sweden)
Martin
 
Old 01-21-2004, 02:42 AM   #8
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Thanks for your help Matin, I will have a go at installing and let you know what happens
 
Old 02-09-2004, 02:54 PM   #9
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I'm having the same prolem, but with Slack 9.1 in a faster pc.
The com ports are working, since I have Win98 running on other partition.
My mouse is a wheel mouse(vertical scroll), serial conection.
XF86config protocol: I dont't know. In fact, all the protocols I tried have
failed.

If anyone knows what to do please make know to.

Thanks!
 
Old 02-12-2004, 08:15 AM   #10
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whats the minimum amount of harddrive space do you need to install linux?
 
Old 02-12-2004, 10:21 AM   #11
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Maybe 300 Mb (I guess...)
 
Old 02-12-2004, 10:23 AM   #12
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Thanks
 
Old 02-12-2004, 10:23 AM   #13
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Have you managed to get your mouse working yet?
 
Old 02-12-2004, 10:37 AM   #14
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No!!!!

After a lot of battle (loosed)
I tried desperately make at least GPM work on shell.
So I've started with pkgtool, to confgure GPM.
After a few (A lot!) attempt, I did the worst thing thatI could: choose imps/2 protocol.

Now when I boot my system the GPM load in wrong way and locks out my keyboard, so now I can't even log on or reboot!!!!

Help!!!! :0
 
Old 02-12-2004, 10:39 AM   #15
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oh dear, so i guess you are going to have to do a re-install
 
  


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