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Old 10-02-2004, 08:21 PM   #1
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Question Can't Get X Working - Sony Vaio C1MV Picturebook Laptop


Greetings,

I'm a Linux Newb and trying to get Linux (Slackware 10) up and running on my recently acquired Sony Vaio PCG-C1MV laptop.....

Managed to finally get Slackware 10 installed yesterday. Took a while to figure out how to get the Sony CD drive to run for the actual install. The C1MV booted OK with the Slackware 10 CD but had a problem when I got to the point where it actually supposed to start installing Slackware.

Anyway, it boots OK with LILO, choose Linux and then ran XOrgConfig to set things up. It uses Xorgconfig instead of XF86Config...

Then tried 'startx' but get error about mouse, etc....maybe someone can advise??

Here's an excerpt of the error messages....

Module loader present
(==) Log File: "/var/log/Xorg.0.log", Time: Sat Oct 2....

(==) Using Config file: "etc/X11/xorg.conf"

modprobe: modprobe: Cannot locate module char-major-10-134

(EE) xf860OpenSerial: Cannot open device dev/gpmdata
No such file or directory

(EE) Mouse1: Cannot open input device

(EE) PreInit failed for input device 'Mouse1'
No core pointer

Fatal Server Error: failed to initialize core devices

Any ideas??

Noticed that it's suggested to try and use SuperProbe to get system info. However, haven't figured out how to get it to run. Tried typing 'SuperProbe' at the prompt but no go...

Appreciate any help!

Thanks!
 
Old 10-02-2004, 11:04 PM   #2
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I have the same problem, couldn't get my mouse to work with stock kernel (2.4.26). So I procede to upgrade to the testing kernel (2.6.7) and it works.

I have encountered this problem also with Slackware 9.0 on a P4 machine. The problem is I can't get the device location correctly. What I mean is, X window server rejects my /dev/mouse, /dev/mice, etc.

Maybe you should have a look at that part of configuration before you move on to 2.6.7.

I have 2.6.7 devfs to link the mouse for me. And it will for you.
 
Old 10-07-2004, 11:07 AM   #3
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Quote:
Originally posted by carboncopy
I have the same problem, couldn't get my mouse to work with stock kernel (2.4.26). So I procede to upgrade to the testing kernel (2.6.7) and it works.

I have encountered this problem also with Slackware 9.0 on a P4 machine. The problem is I can't get the device location correctly. What I mean is, X window server rejects my /dev/mouse, /dev/mice, etc.

Maybe you should have a look at that part of configuration before you move on to 2.6.7.

I have 2.6.7 devfs to link the mouse for me. And it will for you.
Thanks for your reply carboncopy!

Since I am fairly new to Linux, could you explain a bit more about what you mean about

"window server rejects my /dev/mouse, /dev/mice, etc.

Maybe you should have a look at that part of configuration before you move on to 2.6.7.

I have 2.6.7 devfs to link the mouse for me."

Thanks!

Mark
 
Old 10-07-2004, 11:34 AM   #4
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What kind of a mouse is it? PS/2? Serial? USB?

You can edit (as I found out) the xorg.conf file from the command line with "mcedit /etc/X11/xorg.conf" command (the "X" in "X11" has to be capitalized).

This is how my xorg.conf looks, regarding my (PS/2) mouse:


Section "InputDevice"

# Identifier and driver

Identifier "Mouse1"
Driver "mouse"
Option "Protocol" "IMPS/2"
Option "Device" "/dev/mouse"
Option "ZAxisMapping" "4 5"


AFter editing the xorg.conf in mcedit, save by hitting "F2", confirm Save by Entering, then "F10" to exit.

type startx at the next prompt, and it might work...
 
Old 10-07-2004, 06:52 PM   #5
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> What kind of a mouse is it? PS/2? Serial? USB?

Well, good question...since it's a laptop it has the little stick and 2 buttons below the keyboard...

Will try what you suggest....

Thanks noxious!

Mark
 
Old 10-07-2004, 08:08 PM   #6
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The "little stick" is commonly a normal PS2 device.
Manufacturer's usually call it a TrackPoint (IBM) or
AccuPoint (Toshiba) ... :}



Cheers,
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Old 10-07-2004, 08:20 PM   #7
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Yeah, I know Tinkster....was just being silly...

Anyway, I did select PS/2 for mouse type selection....

Thanks,

Mark
 
Old 10-07-2004, 09:59 PM   #8
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Just checked and noticed that kernel installed is version 2.4.26.

Do you think it would help if I installed the newer kernel v 2.6 ??

If so how do I install it?

Do I start install from the beginning again?

If so, how do you specify the newer kernel?

If you can do an upgrade install, how do you do that??



Thanks!

Mark
 
Old 10-07-2004, 10:33 PM   #9
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The kernel shoudn't have an effect - unless you compile yourself and leave it out (doh!).

There's a couple of other xorg.conf files in the /etc directory... at a command line try:

su
cp /etc/X11/xorg.conf-vesa /etc/X11/xorg.conf

then try startx... maybe that other xorg.conf file has a workable mouse section...

or type:

xorgconfig

and go through the screens to re-write the file...
 
Old 10-07-2004, 11:07 PM   #10
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Thanks for the help noxious, really appreciate it!

Meanwhile, for fun, I just tried a Knoppix 3.3 LiveCD to see if that would work on my ol' Picturebook...

Sure enough, it works great!

Got right into KDE...no problem....

Hmmmm.......



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