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
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 <firstname.lastname@example.org>
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:
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