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Old 08-03-2005, 02:53 PM   #1
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ps2 mouse freezing on FC1/FC2 from time to time


I've got an A4 Tech scrollball mouse that I use on 2 machines. 2 mice that is. With FC1 that runs on an old Gateway 500 (P111 500MHZ) the mouse from time to time just locks up. Usually on a vertical scroll bar for some reason. It does not happen so often on the FC2 install on the other machine. I can usually just logout, then the mouse pointer is freed, but sometimes it's still frozen and I have to reboot to get it going again. Is there a way to perhaps reload the mouse module so I don't have to logout and perhaps lose stuff I've been working on? Perhaps I'm going into the realms of science fiction, but it would be nice to be able to reset the mouse and just carry on where I left off. Nigel. aka farpoint.
 
Old 08-03-2005, 07:13 PM   #2
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Try running "killall gpm"... gpm may be what's causing your mouse to hang in the first place.
 
Old 08-03-2005, 07:23 PM   #3
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Hi. Thanks for that suggestion. I'll give it a go tomorrow as it's getting terribly late now here in France. These intermittant problems are a darned nuisance. It'll run for a week perhaps with no problems, then you go to scroll thro an email and it's locked up. Will killall gpm kill it permanantly or will I have to add gpm to the hotplug blacklist? Thanks again. Nigel. aka farpoint.
 
Old 08-03-2005, 07:58 PM   #4
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Killall gpm will only kill gpm once, when you reboot it will come back. You will need to remove gpm from your startup scripts to get rid of it permanently. Since it's not a module, putting it on the hotplug blacklist won't do anything... run (as root) "chmod 600 /etc/rc.d/init.d/gpm" and "chmod 600 /etc/init.d/gpm" to deactivate the scripts that load it at startup.

Bonne nuit! (Hope I got that right... I haven't been learning French for very long yet!)

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Old 08-05-2005, 02:06 PM   #5
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Hi oot. Sorry for the delay in the reply. I've been trying to carry on where I left off with a Gentoo install from a few weeks back. Back to the plot. Ran killall gpm, which has been running for 2 days with no mouse problems. I havn't altered the scripts yet. Just wanted to make sure that this was the problem. I'll keep FC1 running with gpm killed for a while longer to make sure that this has solved the problem. ? What benefits does gpm have? I read in the man pages that it enables you to use the mouse in dialog boxes in text mode. Made me think of the big upgrade I've recently done from Debian Woody to Sarge. There were some dialog boxes within the text there. But I can't remember whether they used keyboard input or mouse. Doh. Thanks for your help. I'll post back in a few days if the mouse is still behaving itself, and will remove gpm from the init scripts.Nigel. aka farpoint.
 
Old 08-14-2005, 02:20 PM   #6
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An update on the mouse problem. On thursday after booting up and running killall gpm, during the day the mouse froze up again. Doh. I think it may be a problem with these mice. I started using them 2 years ago when I started with computers on Win XP. They had drivers for Win 9x & ME but not XP. It worked on XP but did lock up seriously from time to time, and a reboot wouldn't fix it. Changing the mouse for another of the same type worked fine, and a couple of days later I could put the old mouse back on, and that worked fine. I'm thinking that there might be firmware of some sort in the mouse that becomes confused at certain times, resulting in the lock ups. I'll just learn to live with it as I like these mice. Thanks for the helpfull suggestions. Nigel. aka farpoint.
 
  


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