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Ok first off Im a Linux newbie, ok now I've loaded RH( on my Presario 1200XL-118 laptop (AMD-K6 500). I've been using the built-in touchpad until a few minutes ago when I plugged in a reg mouse, (dont ask why)...now even when I fully shut the machine down and bring her back up my cursor (either touchpad or regular) is screwy...is confined to the lower left corner, clicks like mad!! and I can't figure out how to stop it.
I had this same problem too. I bet you can't even use the mouse to get anywhere on the screen! There is a way to step through the menus ( I am assuming you are running KDE ) using the keyboard. Then you can go to the option to configure your mouse and hopefully you know the correct one to select. Now, to step through the Kmenu, I am not positive, but try the "F1, F2, .." keys at the top of the keyboard.
Solespin, Your right! I cannot even use a ps/2 mouse, and if I even touch the thouchpad it goes ape-shit. So I just need to login and use the keyboard to step through the menus to the sys settings and reconfigure my mouse?
Yes. That is what I did. If you are using KDE. I don't know about GNOME. What Redhat did was update the XFree86 config file incorrectly. So when you try to use your mouse, well, no go. If you can't figure out how to navigate using the keyboard, then the another solution is to reboot into runlevel 3 and manually modify the /etc/X11/XFree86 config file. Make SURE you know what you are doing before changing anything. Always make a backup of the file BEFORE changing anything.
I had the same problem under RH 9.0. Even though I have a MS PS/2 wheel mouse, if I selected that under the configuration options, or allowed the system to auto-detect it (which it did correctly), the cursor would go berserk. I ended up having to configure the system for generic ps/2 mouse (no wheel), and it seemed to work fine.
None of the advice above helped me. But I did find a solution, switched from Gnome to KDE and no more mouse trouble!
I booted up and had a login screen with a few big buttons at the bottom, including one named "Session". Could not use mouse to access them, so used ALT-S, then selected KDE. Continued to login and all is OK.
What's with RH9 and Gnome, and how could RH be so stupid as to not get this right?