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Old 11-15-2007, 10:52 AM   #1
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DSL on Dell Laptop:mouse and touchpad not working same time


I use a dell inspiron 640m with ubuntu feisty. I was attracted by the small size and good looks of dsl. Yet the first time I run the live cd I notice that the touch pad scroll does not work. so being used to "plug and play" in ubuntu I plugged in my usb mouse but was disappointed that it did not work.
I tried the dsl forum,was registered but until now cannot post on the forum so I came here.
I do not know what else does not work but since the mouse/touchpad is one of the parts that is used frequently it has to be solved first..
thanks!
 
Old 11-16-2007, 06:31 AM   #2
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you mentioned that you are using DSL, which version are you using? How did you configure your mouse?

Your touchpad is not USB, it is (if I remembered correctly) IMP/2. so you can try a xsetup.sh in a terminal and choose a proper mouse again. Then run xinit to start your X-windows session.

If you are switching over to USB, then you will kill X again, and run xsetup.sh again choose USB mouse and xinit to restart your X-windows.

Enjoy!
 
Old 11-16-2007, 10:00 AM   #3
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you mentioned that you are using DSL, which version are you using? How did you configure your mouse?

Your touchpad is not USB, it is (if I remembered correctly) IMP/2. so you can try a xsetup.sh in a terminal and choose a proper mouse again. Then run xinit to start your X-windows session.

If you are switching over to USB, then you will kill X again, and run xsetup.sh again choose USB mouse and xinit to restart your X-windows.

Enjoy!
DSL 4.0

I did not do any mouse config, I am a linux beginner and so used to ubuntu that I am reluctant to do any experimenting on config. As I mentioned both touchpad and usb mouse are working AT THE SAME TIME in ubuntu. I wanted to make it the same way in dsl.
Note that the usb mouse WORKS if I plug it in before starting dsl live cd.but the touchpad no longer works when I use the usb mouse.
 
Old 11-16-2007, 09:20 PM   #4
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I am a linux beginner and so used to ubuntu that I am reluctant to do any experimenting on config.
Don't worry about messing something up on a live CD. Experiment to your hearts content -- and then some! Any changes you make you will be gone on the next boot unless you explicitly do something to save them.
 
Old 11-19-2007, 11:30 AM   #5
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DSL 4.0

I did not do any mouse config, I am a linux beginner ....
Note that the usb mouse WORKS if I plug it in before starting dsl live cd.but the touchpad no longer works when I use the usb mouse.
Also note that one may use the USB mouse OR mouse pad but not both at same time. This is a I really don't know for sure but suspect this is the case. Also:
... You should really get the book "The official Damn Small Linux book" by Shingledecker, Andrews and Negus as it really helps out a lot since one can anticipate forth-coming screens/requirements. The mouse set up is in the third BOOT UP (I believe if you do not take the second autoconfiguration) stage with selection of "type of DSL X server to use" using the server's setup or boot-option mentioned later here. There are two types presented: 1. an Xvesa and 2. Xfbdev server. Next is the quary for DSL X mouse setup: USB mouse ?? [yes/no].
... You need to check out the boot options one can issue on boot up. There are many so make a printed list. Try an auto config using: boot: dsl vga=normal (lowers screen resolution) or boot: fb800x600 (uses framebuffer video, note "NO dsl" in command for this one).
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Keep notes on what you did handy and then come back and let us know how things worked out.
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