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Old 12-06-2005, 08:16 PM   #1
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Cant get my MS Wheel Basic Optical USB mouse work

Hey, i just Installed Slackware Linux 10.2 but i cant move my mouse's pointer, its a Microsoft Wheel Basic Optical USB, i did some changes in PROTOCOL from Microsoft to IMPS/2 but still donīt work.

what do i do? thx
Old 12-06-2005, 09:05 PM   #2
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first off, you can try the protocol on "auto", but that's probably not the issue.

the problem is most likely that your xorg.conf file is pointing to the wrong device.

There should be a line somthine like

Option      "Device" "/dev/input/mouse0"
If you type 'cat /dev/input/mouse0'
replacing that of course with what your xorg.conf file reads and move your mouse you should see a bunch of jiberish on the screen.

Now press Ctrl+C

If your console is permanently stuck with funny characters, type 'reset' and press enter. You won't actually see reset when you type it but it'll still work

If you don't see any jiberish you've got the wrong device node and need to try another one, maybe /dev/mouse or /dev/input/mice

If you do see jiberish, then i don't know what the problem could be

Last edited by dmartins; 12-06-2005 at 09:07 PM.
Old 12-06-2005, 11:08 PM   #3
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i just made it work by changing the kernel


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