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Old 01-31-2005, 12:35 PM   #1
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Question Mandrake 10.1 fails to recognize Intellimouse

I just installed Mandrake 10.1 (from DVD) and am having problems getting my mouse recognized. It is a MS intellimouse optical (has PS/2 and USB support, neither one works).

The mouse worked fine during the install but now in order to get it working I have to use the keyboard to navigate to the mandrake control center, get to the mouse section, and reconfigure it, then it will work (using either PS/2 or USB connection). When the computer is restart, any settings I make here get changed back to the default "Generic USB/PS2" mouse and it is broken again.

I read another post in this forum that talked about what sounded like a very similar problem. That user was able to get his mouse to work (in USB mode) by changing the APIC or ACPI settings in his BOIS. I can't find any such option on my mobo (DFI infinity 875P) BIOS.

Anyone have any ideas on how I can go about getting the mouse to work?
Any help is greatly appreciated.
Old 01-31-2005, 05:35 PM   #2
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I don't know the exact solution, but here's my 2c:

1. Try & search for Intellimouse
2. In MDK Control Center: try 'Universal' and "Any PS/2 & USB mice" from the list, and maybe use the PS/2 interface of the mouse...

Why 2)? Well, after some similar trouble I chose this option instead of PS/2 xyz or USB xyz. Works perfectly here :) And about PS/2 vs USB --> I think USB is still a troublemaker, at least with new hardware.

Hope that helps, x86h ;)
Old 01-31-2005, 09:14 PM   #3
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So the problem was that /etc/X11/XF86Config pointed to /dev/mouse, which didn't exist. I changed the config line to:
Option "Device" "/dev/psaux"
And that has fixed my problem. I am using the mouse in PS/2 mode instead of USB.
Old 03-02-2005, 03:45 PM   #4
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I had the same problem with my Intellimouse and Mandrake 10.1. I would have to enter HardDarke with the keyboard to re-config my mouse every bootup.

The "one line change" solution worked for me perfectly.

Thanks ajm8372!


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