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Old 10-06-2003, 04:05 AM   #1
exhumis
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I killed my mouse (Oopps, accidently)


Hello,
Just installed SuSE Linux 8.2 the other day. Had some problems from the start: had to install using text mode and manual install. Finally got it installed-while I was tweaking the settings, I changed the mouse from generic to my
Logitech cordless wheelmouse. Immediately afterward my mouse stopped working, and I can't change it back. I have seen the posts on how to change it over--My question is: How do you do that when you CAN'T use the mouse, and you have to navigate by keyboard? I have been looking for a list of commands (Windows key, or ctrl-alt-esc combos etc) but have been unlucky up to this point. I have no idea how to navigate using only the keyboard.
Does anyone have any ideas/advice?
Thank you
 
Old 10-06-2003, 06:52 AM   #2
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Hi
Not sure if these will help but I have the same mouse:

1. Switch to a text console <CTL-ALT-F2> and try running any mouse configuration programs that may be on the system, not sure what SUSE calls them. To find them you can run 'man -k mouse' which will list all the commands that contain 'mouse' in the description of the command. If the command fails run 'makewhatis'.

You may also want to edit /etc/inittab and replace the line:
id:5:initdefault:
with
id:3:initdefault:
so that the system boots into text mode. You can then try X by typing 'startx' to check the mouse. If it doesn't work you can get out of X by pressing <CTL-ALT-BS>.

You can test the mouse on the text screen using 'gpm' if it is installed. The command I use for this is
gpm -m /dev/mouse -t imps2
this should work for ps/2 and USB mice.

2. Unplug the mouse then plug back in - This may force the hardware to
disable/re-enable the mouse. You may need to reboot after unplugging / plugging back in.

3. If it is a USB mouse plug into the PS/2 prt using the adaptor.

I have the same mouse and used to get the same problem. I ended up leaving the mouse plugged inot the PS/2 port.
 
Old 10-07-2003, 07:00 AM   #3
exhumis
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stv_t
Thanks!!! That was very helpful. Mouse works now, but......do the buttons on yours work? I have the MX700, and only the left and right mouse buttons work. No side button or mouse wheel goodness.
Again-thank you very much.
exhumis
 
Old 10-07-2003, 07:24 AM   #4
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Hi exhumis
Yes my wheel works and the side button acts as a double click ( although I think this is the default behaviour as I have not configured it) don't know wht you are plugged into but mine is PS/2. Check your /etc/X11/XF86config-4 configuration file (may or may not have the -4 on the end, if you have both use the -4 file) search for the mouse section. You can view the file as a normal user but will need to be 'root' to edit the file. It should read something like:
Section "InputDevice"
Identifier "Mouse1"
Driver "mouse"
Option "Protocol" "IMPS/2"
Option "Device" "/dev/psaux"
Option "ZAxisMapping" "4 5"
EndSection


I believe the important line is Option "ZAxisMapping" "4 5" if it is not present open the file in an editor and add the line. Do NOT change anything else in the file or you can screw up the X server.
Once you have done this just re-start the X-server and the mouse wheel, at least should be working OK.

Stv T
 
  


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