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Old 06-19-2003, 05:08 PM   #16
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I'm glad it's working for you,

it's a really nice mouse and I really, really enjoy the no wires. I also have the 5 button silver/gray wireless explorer as well, it's works with linux also. As far as "getting hold of me again", I haunt this forum quite a bit, and also the extremetech unix,linux &mac forum, there are many others who know far more than I both here and there, so if it's not me it'll be somebody most likely better and hopefully quicker at getting to the bottom of the problem. Anytime I see someone using the exact same version of a distro that I'm using or have used and having a problem with some hardware that I too own, I usually jump right in and try to help
Old 06-19-2003, 06:11 PM   #17
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Yeah man well thanx a lot. Everything works great now all I have to do is install the Nvidia drivers for my Gforce4 cause Tux racer rusn like crap lol. Do you know where I get games for linux?? Kazaa obviously won't work I imagine. And also once a game is installed where is the shortcut go? Or is there one made, or do I have to go to the Dir in which it was installed and run it?
Old 06-20-2003, 12:31 AM   #18
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Installing the nVidia drivers should be easy, there's quite a bit of good info right here at all about how to do that, so you should have no problem. Fortunately you've got a great card for use with linux, nVidia has been a friend of linux for a long time, I own 3 of their cards and I won't buy any other brand.

If you already own a good many windows games that you like, you should go to and subscribe, install winex and use their forums to help you get them working with linux, they are very fast to respond. I have done this although the only game I'm playing right now is Max Payne and it does work with winex. All I ever play are shooters so that's all I can tell you about. Return to Castle Wolfenstein, the Unreals, the Quakes and probably a few others all run natively on linux. Loki software is now out of business, but they ported more than a few good games to linux, I have Soldier of Fortune from them and it runs fine.

I'm not sure about the shortcut thing, I add buttons on the kicker (at the bottom of the screen) to start the games. The readme's and various other info files with the game should tell you what you need to know.
Old 09-24-2003, 07:52 AM   #19
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Thanks hugely for the help. This was almost exactly what I needed to make my own MS Blue mouse work. The only difference is that mine isn't on /dev/usbmouse. At least on Debian, it appears normal that it be /dev/input/mice, and I had to:
  • mkdir /dev/input
  • mknod /dev/input/mice c 13 63

Otherwise everything worked exactly as suggested.


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