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Old 07-16-2007, 10:02 PM   #1
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Problem with startx on Slackware 11

Hi, i can't startx due to a mouse problem:

cannot open device /dev/mouse
No such device.
(EE) Mouse1: Cannot open input device

I told the installer that I was using an USB mouse (which I'm not, because I'm on a laptop right now and I chose it because I use USB mouse often, but not right now)

I tried to find out the answer searching in the forum, but the closest thing I could get is that I need to open "/dev/mouse", but when I do it, I get the following error: Permission denied.

I am logged in as root.

So I hope you can help me on how to get permission, or better yet, how to startX.

Old 07-16-2007, 10:46 PM   #2
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You shouldn't be trying to start X as root, let alone being logged in as root without having a good reason to do so.

Anyway, the problem is likely that your /etc/X11/xorg.conf has the line
    Option         "Device" "/dev/mouse"
when it should be
    Option         "Device" "/dev/input/mice"
in an InputDevice section.


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