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Old 02-17-2004, 05:33 PM   #1
Korazail
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Wireless, USB Mouse problems with Slackware-current


I'm an utter newbie when it comes to linux, but I hope to think I have caught on quickly, however I am having difficulty with a piece of hardware: My USB Mouse.

I have looked all over, and seen many problems dealing with similar issues to mine, but none of the fixes I see ever work.

I'm going to include as much as I think will help, but if I leave anything out let me know.

I installed Slack with the full option, so I should have any/everything I need, assuming what I need came with the distro.

***
Mouse: I have a Gyration Wireless mouse/keyboard suite that works wonderfully under XP; however, when I boot Slack, I only get the keyboard.
I've tried to cat every mouse/mice/usb/etc in the /dev folder, but never get any results. My receiver is obviously receiving (little lights blink happily when I move the mouse) but nothing seems to make it to the input stream.

excerpt from boot messages
Code:
Feb 17 08:40:59 TheSelf kernel: usb.c: registered new driver usbkbd
Feb 17 08:40:59 TheSelf kernel: input0: Gyration GyroPoint RF Technology Receiver on usb3:2.0
Feb 17 08:40:59 TheSelf kernel: usbkbd.c: :USB HID Boot Protocol keyboard driver
Feb 17 08:40:59 TheSelf kernel: usb.c: registered new driver hiddev
Feb 17 08:40:59 TheSelf kernel: usb.c: registered new driver hid
Feb 17 08:40:59 TheSelf kernel: input,hiddev0: USB HID v1.00 Mouse [Gyration GyroPoint RF Technology Receiver] on usb3:2.1
Feb 17 08:40:59 TheSelf kernel: hid-core.c: v1.8.1 Andreas Gal, Vojtech Pavlik <vojtech@suse.cz>
Feb 17 08:40:59 TheSelf kernel: hid-core.c: USB HID support drivers
Feb 17 08:40:59 TheSelf kernel: mice: PS/2 mouse device common for all mice
Feb 17 08:40:59 TheSelf kernel: usb.c: registered new driver usbmouse
Feb 17 08:40:59 TheSelf kernel: usbmouse.c: v1.6:USB HID Boot Protocol mouse driver
This is where usb.c seems to find the mouse/keyboard. it looks to me like there should be a usbmouse somewhere in /dev, but there isn't.

I have had luck plugging in another USB mouse, a generic CompUSA usb 2-button mouse, and it works fine, and strangely enough, when it is connected my wireless mouse sends data to /dev/mice
if I start x and move the normal, wired mouse then everything is fine, but if I move the wireless one, I get the symptoms I have seen elsewhere: only up and down motion, with button presses moving the cursor right at different speeds.
I may end up using a wired mouse, if there is no cure, but I'd rather be able to use my fancy wireless one.

Ive talked with several of my <semi>linux competent friends (no one I know actually uses it, they have all just tinkered) and they all tell me I need special drivers. Are they correct? or is it more like I suspect, that the data my mouse is sending just isn't going where I expect it to.

***
since I see this in many of the other questions, the output from lsmod:
Code:
Module                  Size  Used by    Not tainted
snd-pcm-oss            37252   0  (unused)
snd-mixer-oss          11992   0  [snd-pcm-oss]
usbmouse                2008   0  (unused)
keybdev                 1952   0  (unused)
mousedev                4244   0 
hid                    21156   0  (unused)
usbkbd                  3416   0  (unused)
input                   3200   0  [usbmouse keybdev mousedev hid usbkbd]
b44                    13608   0 
tuner                  10272   1  (autoclean)
tda9887                 3100   1  (autoclean)
tvaudio                13628   0  (autoclean) (unused)
bttv                   94432   0  (unused)
i2c-algo-bit            6984   1  [bttv]
i2c-core               12740   0  [tuner tda9887 tvaudio bttv i2c-algo-bit]
videodev                5664   2  [bttv]

uhci                   24496   0  (unused)
ehci-hcd               16872   0  (unused)
usbcore                58400   1  [usbmouse hid usbkbd uhci ehci-hcd]
snd-via82xx            11712   0  (unused)
snd-pcm                55904   0  [snd-pcm-oss snd-via82xx]
snd-timer              13252   0  [snd-pcm]
snd-ac97-codec         37240   0  [snd-via82xx]
snd-page-alloc          6004   0  [snd-via82xx snd-pcm]
snd-mpu401-uart         3136   0  [snd-via82xx]
snd-rawmidi            12512   0  [snd-mpu401-uart]
snd-seq-device          3920   0  [snd-rawmidi]
snd                    27460   0  [snd-pcm-oss snd-mixer-oss snd-via82xx snd-pcm snd-timer snd-ac97-codec snd-mpu401-uart snd-rawmidi snd-seq-device]
soundcore               3332   4  [bttv snd]
pcmcia_core            40032   0 
ide-scsi                9424   0 
agpgart                39576   0  (unused)
ntfs                   51040   1  (autoclean)
which I have no clue how to read, so I hope someone does.

Thanks in advance for any help
 
Old 02-17-2004, 10:01 PM   #2
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Wink AAHHH BEHOLD!!! THE POWER OF GOOGLE!

http://www.mail-archive.com/perl-tra.../msg00334.html

some keywords I used when searching google:
gyroscopic mice linux
gyromouse linux
gryation mouse linux
 
Old 02-17-2004, 10:02 PM   #3
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Oh yeah... after you get it working don't forget to do a HCL so that everyone can share in your glory!
 
Old 02-18-2004, 09:55 AM   #4
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Have you tried the device /dev/input/mice? I had to make that change yesterday when I changed from a PS/2 mouse to a USB mouse.
 
Old 02-18-2004, 09:57 AM   #5
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I'm not going to be able to poke at my computer until much later this evening, but at first glance, I don't think that solution is going to work for me.

The mouse is not being misrecognized, or if it is, its definately not as a keyboard.

Judging from the boot messages, *something* knows I have a usbmouse, as usbmouse.c is getting loaded.

I will continue to poke, however, and let everyone know when I get this working.
 
Old 02-18-2004, 09:58 AM   #6
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Also, I'm not familiar with this mouse/keyboard package. Do they both connect to the same USB port? If so, does it act like a USB hub? Post the output of
Code:
lsusb
I'm certainly no expert on USB devices, but maybe we can get closer to a solution if we know exactly how your system sees everything.

Last edited by Phathead; 02-18-2004 at 10:01 AM.
 
Old 02-18-2004, 10:03 AM   #7
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Another note:

I have a USB intellimouse and I had to remove the usbmouse module from the kernel to get the mouse to work properly in X Windows. Before I removed that, the only motion I could get was vertical motion. I don't know if this only applies to Microsoft USB mice or all USB mice, but later on if you run into that problem, all I did was add
Code:
 /sbin/rmmod usbmouse
to the end of my /etc/rc.d/rc.local.
 
Old 12-23-2005, 05:24 PM   #8
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Thumbs up It's working!

I've had the same problem with my usb mouse...going only up and down and on leftclick...going right!Phathead cured me .I used his advice ->
go in: /etc/rc.d/rc.local
add new line: /sbin/rmmod usbmouse
reboot
That worked for me!
I have a Genius NetScroll+Superior USB mouse.
Before this I tried everything I could, like editing /etc/X11/xorg.conf(XF86Config fore some).I tried all availeble protocols,devices(mice)...and nothing; until I visited this forum

Last edited by BBoy_no_01; 12-23-2005 at 05:29 PM.
 
  


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