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Old 04-27-2003, 09:37 PM   #1
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Question microsoft intellimouse explorer in slack 9.0


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i finally got my slack 9.0 installed and it's sweet, but i can't use x-windows because of my stupid microsoft mouse. i'm using the microsoft wireless intellimouse explorer connected on a usb port. i looked through a bunch of stuff and figured out how to configure x for a usb mouse, but mine still doesn't work right... whenever i start x the mouse will move up, down, and right, but not left! and when i press any button it moves right! i've looked and looked, but i'm getting nothing. if anybody could help me out it would be greatly appreciated... thanks!
 
Old 04-27-2003, 10:24 PM   #2
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In the /etc/X11/XF86Config file, is the protocol set to "IMPS/2" for the mouse? It is the only setting I can think of if your getting that much from it at present.
 
Old 04-27-2003, 11:31 PM   #3
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yeah, i set the protocol to imps/2 when i was trying to get it to work with a usb mouse at all. before that it was _really_ screwed up. i had this same problem in mandrake 8.1, which makes me wonder, because mandrake installation pretty much does it all for you...
 
Old 04-27-2003, 11:55 PM   #4
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Try disabling gpm if it's running, and you will need to use IMPS/2 if you want to use your wheel, or ExplorerPS/2 if you want to use your side buttons and wheel.
 
Old 04-28-2003, 05:49 PM   #5
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i tried setting the protocol to ExplorerPS/2, but it gave me the same results as IMPS/2. gpm isn't the problem because it's not running...
 
Old 04-28-2003, 09:25 PM   #6
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It may seem kind of silly, but have you checked the batteries? Your original post stated that it was a wireless mouse. So I assume the mouse itself has batteries that if they are low it may not be sending the proper signals.
 
Old 04-28-2003, 10:23 PM   #7
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heh, yes! i just put new ones in. i'm about to just say screw this mouse and go buy a logitech PnP...
 
Old 04-28-2003, 10:29 PM   #8
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I am not sure how to understand your last post. Is it working correctly?
 
Old 04-29-2003, 04:03 PM   #9
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oh man, hah. sorry, i meant yes i have checked the batteries. the mouse still isn't working right... i dont know what the deal is, i'm thinkin a new mouse is a good idea because i never liked this ms one anyway... my dad got it for free...
 
Old 04-29-2003, 09:01 PM   #10
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Does the mouse work correctly with any other OS?
 
Old 04-29-2003, 10:21 PM   #11
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yeah, works in windows 2000 (and i'm assuming other versions of windows). and of course don't forget that ms makes drivers for windows and not linux. i've only tried mandrake 8.1 and slack 9.0 and both have the same problems with it in x. haha, would it surprise anybody if ms did something just to screw linux users who are unfortunate enough to have a ms mouse fall into their hands? that's my new conspiracy!
 
Old 04-30-2003, 07:27 AM   #12
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I have the same thoughts some times, I know it is paranoid, but I think of the multi-boot system in Win2K and frontpage server extensions that they wrote. Everybody else can do everything more elegant than they can. But I think here it is something else with the mouse though. I think others have been able to get it work OK. Not sure on the wireless part though. I can only conclude you are at the point of at least trying a different mouse though. USB/PS2 optical mice with a wheel are really cheap these days. If you order through the internet the shipping will probably cost more than the mouse. You might even be able to borrow or trade with someone else. Good luck.
 
Old 05-29-2003, 09:04 AM   #13
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IMPS/2 Mouse

Hello Zomart,

Have you tried setting the input of your mouse to /dev/input/mice? You can make sure this is working by typing cat /dev/input/mice at the console and moving your mouse. If you get some gobbledy-gook, then you should be safe to. I use a USB mouse and keyboard and have gpm & x set to use /dev/input/mice rather than /dev/mouse and I have a working mouse in the console and x. Obviously you will need Option "ZAxisMapping" "4 5" to get anything out of the wheel. I am using a Logitech Traveller Wheelmouse USB 2.0, plugged into the USB HUB on my keyboard. Hope this helps,

munkeh
 
Old 05-29-2003, 02:10 PM   #14
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This Works

I am running Slack 9 with packaged kernel. I have a Micro$oft Wireless Desktop Keyboard/Mouse combo (at least they do something right). Here is the tutorial to get it working, wheel and everything..

http://vanguard.submoron.org/docs/USBMOUSE-HOWTO.html
 
  


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