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I am new (just installed yesterday) and was able to boot to GNOME and explore..however, my middle scroll mouse button wasn't scrolling so, within the GUI, I changed the mouse driver. I rebooted, now it goes directly to CLI and when I try startx it says that Mouse0: cannot open input device
PreInit failed for input device "Mouse0"
Up top it says (==)Using confi file: "/etc/X11/XF86Config-4"
I tried using xf86config and went through picking a bunch of video/mouse/keyboard settings. When done it said it was saving as XF86Config...nothing wasdone to XF86Config-4
Any ideas on why I can't get startx to run?
Please be descriptive in responses as I am not familiar with cli commands nor VI....
Help us in assisting you, which distro are you using?
As for the files changed by using xf86config - you
could always just copy the original XF86Config-4 to
a backup file, and copy the newly created XF86Config
to XF86Config-4 ...
If you're not too sure you know what you're
doing when you're using xf86config I'd suggest
giving XFree86 -configure a go to get X up and
running again. Just do that as root and follow
the steps it mentions. If it detects most settings
properly adding scroll-wheel-support manually
usually is a breeze.
Tink...thanks for all this help..I am trying and trying to figure this out.
I am using a USB mouse microsoft 3 button, Optical mouse blue.
The trick is..that I was working just fine in GNOME..until I went into a system setting (graphically) and changed a mouse setting..when I rebooted, I am stuck.
As to dist...how can I tell? I am using red hat 7.3 (I am EXTREMELY sorry..I am very new at this) I'm 32 and trying to self learn this as I am taking a network security college class that uses only linux..so Iam trying to learn.
I did try to rm all XF86Config files and start from scratch...but I keep getting this blasted error.
Tink..thanks bud..if ya lived anywhere close to KS City...I'd be running a check over to your house!!
just thought i'd add this (as I am figuring a bit more out)
When I do a dir on dev, I don't see just a /dev/mouse, I do see:
/dev/mouse -> input/mice
what does that mean? Could that be it?
You could try to post your XF86Config here
if it's not too big. Can you check which version
of X RH 7.3 is using so I get a better idea of
what needs doing?
/dev/input/mice is normal for USB devices,
you could try to run xf86config again, if
there's a symlink from /dev/mouse to the
/dev/input/mice it should be safe to tell
xf86config that /dev/mouse is the device,
the type of mouse would be IMPS/2.
(EE) xf86OpenSerial: Cannot open device /dev/input/mice
No such device.
(EE) Mouse0: cannotopen input device
(EE) PreInit failed for input device "Mouse0"
No core pointer
Fatal server error:
failed to initialize core devices.
As to what I am doing...I have this class I am taking in college and it requires the use of LInux. I didn't want to get rid of my XP...or mess with partitioning, so a friend turned me on to VMware..which works great.....my only problem is this...all because I messed around in Gnome. I am really not sure what is going on...I think we might be close.