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Old 05-04-2004, 01:35 PM   #1
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Wireless Keyboard and Mouse Problem

I'm having trouble getting my mouse working properly in Linux. There isn't any smooth movement with the mouse. It jerks from A to B rather than smoothly moving from A to B. Originally, I thought it was a problem with the mouses DPI so I tried setting the BaudRate and such in my XF86Config but that didn't make a difference. Now I think it may be something to do with the fact that it's a wireless keyboard and mouse combi (Creative Desktop 6000). The thing that's making me think this is because I've recently tried it in FreeBSD and the mouse doesn't register at all under that but the keyboard does. It seems that the keyboard is using the USB driver maybe and not letting the mouse access it. Obviously, this is not completely the case under Linux in that the mouse actually moves, just very badly.

Has anyone actually managed to get any make of wireless keyboard and mouse combi, that uses just one USB connection, working in Linux?

The output from lsusb if it'll help is this...

Bus 004 Device 001: ID 0000:0000
Bus 003 Device 004: ID 04b8:0005 Seiko Epson Corp. Stylus Printer
Bus 003 Device 003: ID 0419:0600 Samsung Info. Systems America, Inc.
Bus 003 Device 001: ID 0000:0000
Bus 002 Device 002: ID 041e:3020 Creative Technology, Ltd
Bus 002 Device 001: ID 0000:0000
Bus 001 Device 001: ID 0000:0000


Old 05-04-2004, 06:28 PM   #2
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The only distro that I could get my logitech wireless keyboard and mouse working in was Mepis, right off the bat. But after you install a distro with a wired keyboard and mouse, you can always go in and change your configuration and use wireless devices. It's only when you are doing the initial installation of certain distros of Linux that you run into the problem of having wireless devices being recognized and installed right away.
Old 05-04-2004, 06:43 PM   #3
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Make sure there is no radio interference in the area. I was having a very strange problem occur with my keyboard and mouse: whenever a bright screen would display, the keyboard and mouse would stop working. I finally traced the problem to my monitor cable, which wasn't properly shielded.
Old 10-31-2004, 05:52 PM   #4
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Hi everybody;

Redneon: did yo manage to solve this problem? I have same issues on Mandrake 10.1 Community.
I wish I could possibly solve it... Please keep in mind that I'm a total rookie Just my 1st steps in Linux.
Old 11-01-2004, 03:15 AM   #5
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I haven't solved it as such. All I do is make sure I'm running the 2.6.4 kernel. So if I use a distro that has a later version I downgrade it. I'm not sure which kernel Mandrake 10.1 uses. Do "uname -r" and it should tell you. I have no experience in changing the kernel in the commercialised distributions such as Mandrake and SuSE. I've only ever used more raw distributions such as Slackware, Debian and Gentoo. But basically, this is what I imagine you'll have to do (but someone please correct me if I'm wrong)...


Place it in /usr/src, change directory to /usr/src and do "tar xvjf linux-2.6.4.tar.bz2".

Copy the old kernel config across like "cp /usr/src/linux/.config /usr/src/linux-2.6.4".

Make sure you're in /usr/src/linux-2.6.4 and do "make && make modules_install".

Once that's completed do "cp /usr/src/linux-2.6.4/i386/boot/bzImage /boot/vmlinuz-2.6.4" then "cp /usr/src/linux-2.6.4/ /boot/".

Now all you have to do is edit /etc/lilo.conf or /boot/grub/grub.conf depending which bootloader you're using and change the line pointing to your old kernel to /boot/vmlinuz-2.6.4. Note: If you're using lilo you have to do "/sbin/lilo" after you've edited lilo.conf.

If you need any more help let me know. There's probably a much easier way to do it in Mandrake using an RPM. Personally, I hate RPMs but that's a flamewar for another day =o) I'm sure if you want to do it the RPM way there'll be information on the Mandrake site or people on here may be more help.

Old 01-06-2005, 10:38 AM   #6
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Is there any sollution to this yet? Can we not maybe isolate it to a specific module or even source file in the kernel and use the older versions with a later kernel? I have the exact same mouse and kb (Creative Wireless Desktop 6000)

Johan van den Berg


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