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I recently downloaded Slackware 12. Using the default kernel that boots from the DVD I performed an install on my home built system. The system utilizes a 680i SLI EVGA motherboard. Unfortunately, I can't seem to get my mouse to work when running X-Windows. If I look at the output of dmesg the pertinant message would seem to be "PNP: No PS/2 controller found. Probing ports directly." I can provide the entire dmesg output if that would help someone help me troubleshoot but I thought it might be some common thing I'm overlooking. The keyboard does work and the mouse does not. The keyboard mouse combo is a Microsoft Wireless/Optical Combo (Wireless Multimedia Keyboard 1.0A). Finally of course the combo works with Windows ... I'm not 100% positive but I think this same keyboard mouse combo worked on an older 2.4 kernel on a different motherboard of course.
I use IMPS/2 protocol for mine. not sure what kind of mouse you have but you could run the xconfig utility from the command line and set the mouse from there or edit /etc/X11/xorg.conf file and set the mouse to auto (protocol not driver) and see if that works.
Well I actually tried IMPS/2 when I did a Slackware 11 install. I did that by killing the gpm process that was running (kill -9) and then constructed a command line to try various different drivers. I did not do that with Slackware 12 but I'm under the impression that it is related to not being able to detect the PS/2 controller. I'll take another cut at IMPS/2 tonight when I get home from work.
Try mouseconfig command in your Slackware 12 system, if you are using USB like mouse, chose USB, reboot or Kill and rerun gpm. Then check the /etc/X11/xorg.conf in the Section on Mouse Change the Protocol To IMPS/2 "NOT PUT PS/2 OR USB" and restart the X Server. Try this.
If you do not see the mouse working in Console Mode never you will see the mouse working in X Server.
Thanks for the message darklink2058 ... I'll try the specifics you suggest. Previously, I had simply killed and rerun gpm with different settings and edited the xorg.conf file separately but not exactly together in the combination you suggest. I'll give it a cut tonight. Although I'm concerned as it doesn't detect any PS/2 controller ... yet.
Well everything suggested did not work. I was able to find a reference on the Internet around some sort of trouble with the PS/2 controller on a 680i SLI motherboard and Linux support. I've been unable to dig up the details ... it is possible that it isn't currently supported without running something a little 'exotic'. Has anyone heard anything around that??