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I just installed WinLinux 2003 and it booted up to the main screen but all of a sudden my keyboard wouldn't work (caps light key blinks off as soon as the login screen comes up), and my mouse doesn't work although the infared light comes on. Anyone know what could be the problem? My infared mouse is USB and my keyboard is PS/2. THANKS!
Not being familiar with WinLinux, I can't give you specific instructions. But, when you reach your boot loader (either GRUB or Lilo), find the option to edit the kernel parameters (in GRUB, you press e). Once you've found that, and you see a line of options to boot the kernel with, e.g. "LABEL=/ rhgb quiet", hit SPACE then type 3. it should look like "LABEL=/ rhgb quiet 3". This will boot to a non-graphical login.
Once you see a prompt asking you for your Login: enter root, hit enter. enter the root password, hit enter. Now, you will be at a command prompt. Where you go from here depends on your X server. Try typing either "Xconfigurator" or "xorgconfig" without the quotes, and hit enter. One of them will (hopefully) bring up some text talking about how it will configure your X server. This will ask you about you K/B, mouse, monitor and graphics card. Follow the prompts until it has said it has written your config file. Now, once back at a prompt, type "init 5" without the quotes. You should see your graphical desktop. See if your K/B and mouse work.
If, they don't work, even at the text login, see if you can get a friends K/B and mouse (preferbly wired, not wireless) and see if they work. If so, then there is probably something about your K/B and mouse not being supported...
If they don;t work, try reinstalling WinLinux and see if that solves your problem...
Other than that, I can't help you. I'm new to Linux myself.
The IDEA is awesome...you install it from Windows and it sets up a dual-boot type deal with ONE HARD DRIVE, one partition...and you get Linux and Windows 98SE/ME. I wish it'd work. I'm not sure if it works the same way because it boots right to the login screen. Maybe I can press something while it's loading all the drivers and mounting stuff. Anyone else heard of it?
I think the reason you're having so much trouble is because WinLinux2003 isn't actually a Linux distro - it's what appears to be a Linux emulator for Windows and comes in a 300 odd Mb .exe file. I've been having a look at their website http://www.winlinux.net/ and they mention a 'setup' utility to use for your hardware - I don't think the advice given here will work with what you have.
If you really want to give Linux a go, why not try one of the live Cd's? Knoppix is a good place to start, and it doens't touch your Windows installation.
I checked out the website listed by pongmaster and although I'm just a newbie myself and can't claim any expetise, I have to agree with pongmaster that Winlinux 2003 seems to be a total optical illusion. It seems less of an "emulator" and appears to be nothing more than a "simulator". It appears to simply be a windows program with KDE window dressing. That has got to qualify as the worst of both worlds. I'm afraid you'll be bumping this post until the cows come home.
The best I could find was the following (at first I thought it was a joke website, but no, they are serious):
My mouse does not work. What can I do?
Please back to Windows and run the Configuration Utility:
1) Double-click the mouse row.
2) Make sure you are using the best driver for your mouse.
3) Finish the Configuration Utility and start WinLinux again.
1) Double-click the Video row.
2) Check the box "Enable Software Cursor" and click ok.
3) Finish the Configuration Utility and start WinLinux again.
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uh huh. You'll be living in a dream world if you stick with this "distro", even if you get the mouse to work, it will be totally irrelevant. You'd be better served taking pongmaster's advice and ditching the illusion for a live CD. There is no panacea. You could also add a cheap second hard drive and actally install a real linux distro on that drive. Thats how I do it. It keeps your windows drive intact and you can always bail out of your linux session whenever you want.
If you are afraid of not being able to run windows programs in Linux the solution is exactly the opposite. Install Linux and then load a windows emulator. The best value out there is Win4Lin by Netraverse. It rocks. You can run most windows programs except for games and music or any program that needs to access machine resources directly. I know a lot of people balk at the idea of running windows on top of linux but there are TONS of Windows applications that have no linux equivalent. Some of them actually run better in Win4Lin.
Sorry to rain on your parade, but it's better to know the truth.