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Old 08-16-2005, 10:10 AM   #1
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Question Why doesnt my USB mouse work?

I use RH9 on my system, no other dual OS. The USB mouse doesnt work. Nor does it detect new hardware (this mouse I mean). I checked the system settings and it shows no USB drivers for mouse, although a few others are there, though they were disabled. I tried 'General mouse'. Doesnt work. How do I go about it?


P.S.:Am absolutely new to Linux.

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Old 08-16-2005, 11:06 AM   #2
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This may not work for you, but it did for me on a Mandrake 9.1 install I had. Linux couldn't assign a USB number or port to the mouse. To get it to work, I had to disable APIC in the BIOS. That's APIC, not APCI. Once I did that and restarted, it worked.

Your mileage may vary, obviously.
Old 08-16-2005, 11:31 AM   #3
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RedHat 9 is fairly old... Can't you use FC 3 or 4? I suggest you look at your XFree86 config, and check the mouse entry. It should be IMPS/2


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