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Old 09-04-2005, 03:36 PM   #1
AlexMax
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Mouse Problems under Sarge


OK, so I recently decided to take yet another plunge into Linux, now that I have a little free time on my hands. I decided to dual boot XP and Debian Sarge. I installed the barebones CD, then installed X and XFCE through aptitude, then gpm.

However, I notice a small problem. When I first start my computer (init 6) I get a mouse curser in X, but it doesn't respond. When I go to a console, I also get no mouse response. However, then I do a init 3 to cut off X and then a dpkg-reconfigure gpm and when gpm restarts I have a mouse in console. However, when i restart X it gets a frozen mouse again and then I have no mouse in console. I've tried doing both autops2 and imps2 (since I have a cheap 2 button + scroll wheel mouse) from dpkg-reconfigure xserver-xfree86 or whatever it's called, and neither of them work.

The weird part is, however, if I restart under linux and boot into XP, my mouse is frozen in XP. I have to restart AGAIN and boot XP a second time to get a responsive mouse curser.

Any suggestions?
 
Old 09-05-2005, 10:08 AM   #2
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Some details please. What type of mouse connection is it? PS/2 or USB ? What typs of machine is it installed on? Laptop ( with another pointing device ) or a desktop with no other pointing device?

Here are the lines from my desktop PS/2 connected 2 button wheel mouse.(Micro$oft ell-cheapO) You may have to edit /etc/X11/XF86Config file to get it working. If you are USB it will be different.

Section "InputDevice"
Identifier "Mouse1"
Driver "mouse"
Option "Protocol" "IMPS/2"
Option "Device" "/dev/mouse"
Option "ZAxisMapping" "4 5"
EndSection

The ZAxisMapping gets the wheel going. The protocol depends on the type of mouse, PS/2 or USB.

BTW, I have a 2 button wheel working on a Compaq laptop and Mandriva 9.2 . The laptop has a touchpad. The left button died, and now I'm using the external USB. Once in a while it will hang. I just unplug the USB and replug. It takes off and works. If you are USB try that.
 
Old 09-05-2005, 03:51 PM   #3
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I'm typing this post in elinks on my debian install, so it might seem a little odd at times.

Anyway, I did some testing...

If I start with an init 3, with GPM functioning, the mouse works in the console.

If I start X with the device set to /dev/psaux, I get a mouse curser, but it's frozen in place, and I can't get a mouse curser back elsewhere unless I restart GPM twice (it hangs the first time, but when I start it the second time I get my mouse back. (in console, I have to quit X for this to happen)

If I try substituting /dev/psaux in my X config with either /dev/mouse or /dev/gpmdata, I get a very jumpy mouse curser that is all over the place (but seems to only move when i move my mouse).

It seems that my mouse does work, but trying to start X with the 'correct settings' causes it to screw up. I know these same settings don't break gpm or anything else.

Again, it's an el cheapo PS2 mouse with three buttons and a scroll wheel.

Any ideas?

EDIT: I have since then tested other protocools in my X configuration, such as plain old PS/2. Doesn't work either.

Last edited by AlexMax; 09-05-2005 at 03:55 PM.
 
Old 09-06-2005, 10:36 AM   #4
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I can not help unless you answer the questions.

Some details please. What type of mouse connection is it? PS/2 or USB ? What typs of machine is it installed on? Laptop ( with another pointing device ) or a desktop with no other pointing device?

Does the mouse work on another machine ?
 
Old 09-06-2005, 08:12 PM   #5
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Try disabling the 'Legacy USB' option in your BIOS if there is any option like that. This should do the trick. I am assuming that you are you kernel 2.6 and you are having problem with your ps/2 mouse.

http://www.informatik.uni-freiburg.d...lee/fun/psaux/

Also try giving the following as kenel boot parameters:
psmouse.proto=imps
i8042.nomux


Hope this solves your problem atleast if not mine.
 
  


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