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Old 07-05-2002, 09:40 PM   #1
shassouneh
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Question SuSE 8 Professional not liking a simple Microsoft PS/2 Mouse


Dear All,
This is Odd. Before you kill me because I posted this in the SOFTWARE section of this forum, my only defense is I think it might be a mouse driver problem (i.e software).

breif Description of Problem:

Ok This makes my head spin. note: With this same mouse, it works PERFECTLY in SuSE 7.3 Professional, so I suspect its a SuSE 8 problem.

The mouse is there I can tell because I can right click AND left click. HOWEVER, there is no mouse pointer whatsoever so I literally have to "guess" where the mouse is or rely completely on navigation by the keyboard. This really irritates me.

Can anyone hint me in or give me clues as to what I can try?

Thanx beforehand.

Last edited by shassouneh; 07-05-2002 at 10:16 PM.
 
Old 07-06-2002, 01:09 AM   #2
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do you have another window manager to try
 
Old 07-06-2002, 01:22 AM   #3
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I have installed GNOME 1.4 and KDE 3.0. I have set things to boot into runlevel 3 (command prompt with multi user), so I don't know how to start GNOME. Note that the command 'startx' automatically launches KDE3. I tried
Quote:
WINDOWMANAGER=GNOME
startx
but that did not work either.

I MUST emphasize that the mouse works. Heck, I'm writing this message in windows with full mouse functionality. However, the mouse POINTER is invisible.

Please someone help!
 
Old 07-06-2002, 04:54 AM   #4
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You can try startx GNOME

The rare occasion I want to use another X than my default one, I will actually use kdm so I can pick from the drop down menu.
 
Old 07-06-2002, 10:05 AM   #5
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I skipped 8.0-a tester I know said everything(well,too many things) are broken.
I await 8.1.I've never had much fun with the even-numbered releases
lynch
 
Old 07-06-2002, 01:49 PM   #6
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Have a look at your xfconfig file - should be the same like suse 7.3.I had all kind of fun with a PS/2 mouse when i switched to debian.

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Old 08-23-2002, 09:36 AM   #7
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I am having the same problem under Suse 8. Tried two different mice. Was there ever a way to fix this?

Amy
 
Old 08-23-2002, 09:40 AM   #8
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Did you try another window manager (as was suggested above), just wondering because it might be a KDE glitch, and no need to mess with anything yet if it's a KDE glitch.
 
Old 08-23-2002, 10:29 AM   #9
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Yes. It had no effect. Every once in a while, I see some weird cursor for a second or two. However, it goes away if I move the mouse to actually do something.

Amy
 
Old 08-23-2002, 02:58 PM   #10
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Dear SuSE problem children:

This is definately wierd.
First:
Are you using the store bought package SuSE 8.0? or dl'd compiled and installed SuSE 8.0?
This will make a difference.

Also, if you are using the SuSE install disks, DONT CHANGE ANYTHING. It is MUCH better than M$ as far as determining what type of hardware you actually have in you box.

Second: What type of mouse is it? Please don't reply with "a standard PS/2". Name, (brand) type and so forth. If you have an off the wall mouse, that may be the problem. It's prolly not the software as much as the handling of the hardware.

Third: If I read the above correctly, you said your sending this thread from widows, with a working mouse, but no pointer.
If you are typing, depending on your settings, the pointer will disappear. Otherwise, if M$ doesn't display your pointer, you difinately have a hardware problem.
Other than that, it might be a gremlin. What type of mobo and all that? Sometimes the mobo can be the prime suspect in such occations.

L8rz
 
Old 08-23-2002, 03:35 PM   #11
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Just post your xf86config file.If Device is 'dev/mice' try to change to 'dev/psaux'
 
Old 08-23-2002, 04:26 PM   #12
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try editing the Section "Device" in the file etc/X11/XF86Config.

Search for the entry(info will be different depending on the graphics card)

Section "Device"
BoardName "AutoDetected"
Driver "r128"
Identifier "Device[0]"
VendorName "AutoDetected"
EndSection


Insert the option "sw_cursor" as follows:

Section "Device"
BoardName "AutoDetected"
Driver "r128"
Identifier "Device[0]"
VendorName "AutoDetected"
Option "sw_cursor"
EndSection
 
Old 08-23-2002, 04:37 PM   #13
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Based on what you have said about the way everything works except the pointer, I'd say the problem is most likely in X and not the mouse.

Check and see if gpm (console mouse server) is running. If gpm is running, kill it and try X again. Sometimes there is a conflict between the X server mouse handling and gpm. Depends on what device (/dev/psaux, /dev/mouse) is used. If you don't use mouse fuctions (cut/paste) in the console screens, you don't need gpm.
 
Old 08-23-2002, 05:20 PM   #14
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I reinstalled from the CDs and it works now. I originally accepted the defaults and did nothing different this time.

Amy
 
Old 08-24-2002, 01:33 AM   #15
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Sounds like my rule of 4's comes into play yet again, only this time it worked in 2 rather.

Rule of 4's (and any variation of wording):
Install a program 4 times, run a ./configure script 4 times, a make file 4 times, or try to install anything 4 times, and by the 4th time, it will work.

Odd
 
  


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