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Well, I just switched from Mandrake 9.1 to Slackware 9.0. I bought the boxed, 4-disk version. Other than a few frustrations because I am in new territory I am finding Slack to be way faster than MDK. KDE is running like Blackbox did on MDK. Okay, enough plugging Slack...
I have a Microsoft Itellimouse Optical USB mouse with 5 buttons. I edited my XFree86config file to what I thought should be the correct settings but the wheel won't work. Here is the Iput Device section of my config file:
Sorry yeah I totally forgot to advise changing the Protocol to IMPS/2 as itsjustme said. I too have a USB mouse which works with the IMPS/2 protocol. You can easily check to see whether you are getting any input from your mouse. If you type
and move the mouse around you should see some strange characters on the screen. If not, then check to see if /dev/input/mice is actually there. It should be as it was on my Slack 9 install by default. The other thing to check is that USB is working. You should have seen some messages about USB when your PC booted up, you can use
dmesg | less
to look through this again. Post the output of
and lets take a look at whats there. Slack is very well behaved, once you know how to handle her ;-)