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Old 03-15-2009, 05:58 PM   #1
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Is there a way to move the mouse pointer with the keyboard?

Hi all, just wondering if anybody knows of a way to use the keyboard to control the mouse.

I used to be able to do this in win98 and Fedora9, but so far I've not had much luck with DSL. I've been googling now for about a day now and I'm no closer to finding any answer. I've heard of keybindings but have not been able to find out what they do? I'm not sure if maybe there's a program I can install that would let me use the number-pad of the keyboard to move the mouse around?

Oh and on a side note I had to install using the usb-floppy.img because my bios doesn't support booting from a usb. Because of this I'm not sure how to save my settings without overwriting the usb, I've tried to but I couldn't get it to boot after and I had to format the usb and set it all up again. Is the command still "dsl fromusb" when prompted by the boot? Or how do I save my settings so I can still point the floppy drive to the usb and it'll load?

Sorry for the long post but its taken me four long days/nights trying to get ANY form of Linux onto my machine. (hardware limitations and an extremely virused copy of win98 that would not let me burn Cds, would not let me write to my usb, disabled my access to the registry and a whole a host of other really, Really, annoying things)

Thank you for reading and any help really appreciated!
Old 03-15-2009, 07:56 PM   #2
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Keybindings probably wouldn't help you. They let you define which physical key matches which character you want it to type, but mouse functions are handled by a separate driver and configured differently.

kde has a built-in mouse navigation function. You can enable it in the control center's mouse settings with the number pad.

A quick search of apt turned up keynav, which seems to have a neat, advanced way of navigating the desktop. It'd probably take some getting used to, but I'll bet it's lightning fast once you do.
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Yes that's exactly what I was looking for, thank you. Unfortunately I'm not sure how to get it working, I don't know if this is because I'm running everything in ram? Maybe not because I can use the mydsl to add applications, although I've not had much luck with plugins for firefox aka bon echo, so I'm not sure.

Maybe DSL isn't the right choice of distro if you don't have a mouse? Its a shame because I really like it, its fast, perfect for my old hardware, but a lot of things seem to be point & click so I can't use it properly.

I really need to get a distro installed, I can't go back to windows. I have one blank disk left (windows claimed the other 3 - One blank disk goes in, One useless frisbee comes out).
Will CDW burn an iso into a live cd? I've heard it will but there isn't a man page for it, I can't find any useful info on it, and as I only have One disk left I really need to make sure I do this correctly. Has anyone had any experience using CDW? How do you use it to make a live cd? I put in a disk but I'm not sure if its the blank one and CDW tells me nothing about any info that might be on there, is there a way of checking this? I've tried opening the cd player to see what that told me but as I have no mouse I'm unable to use it.

Any help appreciated, thank you.


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