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Old 06-11-2003, 01:20 PM   #1
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Location: Denver, Colorado
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Failed to initialize core devices

I recompiled my kernel and that seemed to work ok. But when I 'startx' I get an error message saying:

Fatal server error:
failed to initialize core devices
Cannot open device /dev/mouse
No such device

I wasted so many hours trying to get my mouse to work, but I didn't accomplish anything. I ran xf86config multiple times, but nothing. I edited the XF86Config file for myself, nothing. I read on the forums that running

/usr/sbin/gpm -m /dev/mouse -t imps2

would get the usb working. Nothing. I edited the /etc/rc.d/rc.modules and uncommmented the lines for usb support. I did modprobe usbcore, hid, and uhci and yet nothing. I am now out of ideas. Could someone help me?
Old 06-11-2003, 02:05 PM   #2
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I don't use slack, but perhaps Gentoo's usb mouse guide would give you some hints, just modify for slack. I think the way you load modules after compiling would be different, but depmod -ae may do the modules stuff.

My modules (extraneous snipped):
[root@uilleann root]# lsmod
Module                  Size  Used by    Not tainted
mousedev                5312   1 
hid                    21344   0  (unused)
input                   5984   0  [mousedev hid]
ehci-hcd               19520   0  (unused)
usb-uhci               24452   0  (unused)
usb-ohci               20736   0  (unused)
usbcore                73216   1  [hid ehci-hcd usb-uhci usb-ohci]
[root@uilleann root]#

Last edited by fancypiper; 06-11-2003 at 02:09 PM.
Old 06-11-2003, 07:07 PM   #3
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Would it be okay if I said 'y' to the modules and not 'm'? I thought 'y' would install it and it would be easier to get my mouse working with that.

EDIT: Ok, I fixed my mouse problem and my scroller even works! (Yay!) I didn't know that I had to copy the bzImage to /boot. Go figure. But now, when I try to play an mp3 file off a fat32 partition with xmms, it doesn't work. XMMS will run, but it won't play. Also, I read that I have to do something with the /boot/ file, and information about that?

Last edited by kko88; 06-12-2003 at 02:40 AM.


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