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Stimm 10-13-2000 03:34 PM

I just bought a new microsoft mouse and keyboard. When I Plug them into my computer(gentus 3.0a) I can not get linux to work with them. I can use the keyboard to type up till it asks for my username. When I plug it into my windows machine it works fine.:(?? How do I configure these?? Does Linux have support for microsoft keyboards and Mice?? thanks

jeremy 10-13-2000 04:05 PM

For the keyboard: What do you mean you can use it until it asks for your username? What can you type before you log in?

For the mouse: I have an Microsoft Explorer mouse and have the following in my XF86Config file. If you are using X 3.x you should use something similar. If you are using X 4.x let me know and I will give you the correct config. Also, I would recommend imwheel if you would like to use the scroll wheel.

Section "Pointer"
    Protocol    "IMPS/2"
    Device      "/dev/psaux"
#    For wheel support - can not be used with Emulate3Buttons
    ZAxisMapping 4 5
    Buttons 3

Stimm 10-13-2000 04:47 PM

When I go thought the interactive setup it will allow me to press "Y" up until it checks the mouse. After that it will not let me type anything...I Put my old mouse in and new keyboard and the same thing happens. How can I change linux so it reconizes my MS keyboard?

jeremy 10-14-2000 11:55 AM

I would try to edit the XF86Config file manually. Use the above settings for the mouse. The MS internet keyboard should, as far as I know, work as a normal PS/2 keyboard. If you are trying to get all of the extra buttons to work then this URL should help -

Stimm 10-15-2000 10:53 AM

i found that out the mouse was defected:( thanks for all the help.!
awesome site

happy_BB_99 03-21-2005 05:13 PM

Microsoft Intellimouse (or wheel mouse) configuration Linux
I am using Redhat 7.2 and have problems in configuring Microsoft Intellimouse on my PC. I have tried the following till now, but in vain:-(

(1) launched "mouseconfig" and set the mouse type to Microsoft Intellimouse

(2) Edited the /etc/X11/XF86Config file and added the following:

Section "Pointer"
Protocol "IMPS/2"
Device "/dev/psaux"
Buttons 3
ZAxisMapping 4 5

The mouse wheel does not work at all. The funny part is that the system does not detect the mouse if I set the mouse type as "microsoft intellimouse". The mouse is detected only when I set the mouse type as "Generic - 3 button mouse(PS2)".

Can somebody point me out what is missing here? On Redhat 9, I found that there is additional mouse type as "Generic wheel mouse" which probably enables the use of wheel mouse; but I did not find this option for mouseconfig utility under 7.2. The mouseconfig version is 4.23 on my system

(3) Another related question - once I change the mouse type using mouseconfig, do I need to restrat the Xserver? How should I restart the xserver without rebooting the machine?

Any help would be appreciated to resolve this! I never thought the mouse configuration is so difficult under Linux!

Thanks in advance.


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