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Old 01-29-2004, 12:14 PM   #1
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XBox Debian and Logitech wireless USB mouse problems

Hi All,

I decided to try my hand at installing Ed's Debian distro 1.0.0 on my XBox. After a few false starts I got it going.

Here's the problem:

If I boot and load Linux off of the CD my mouse and keyboard work fine. If I run Linux off of the XBox HD, the keyboard works fine in X and at the command line; however the mouse does not function properly in X.

Moving the mouse left and right causes the cursor to move up and down. Left clicking and moving the mouse left or right cause the cursor to always move to the right hand side of the screen.

The mouse and keyboard combo is a logitech wireless USB setup. The receiver is connected the the XBox via a conversion cable.

I don't see the XBox, cable, or mouse as the problem as they all function fine when running Linux from the CD.

Is Debian not setup by default to handle USB mice?

Any help is appreciated.


Old 01-29-2004, 01:29 PM   #2
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I dont think it does, when I was looking for a distro a few days ago, I also tried debian, it was the ONLY one that didnt recognize my usb mouse. When you go to try the install the mouse during the setup, I looked for a usb option there, and there wasnt one.

I ended up using Slackware because it installed the usb mouse and hub without any work from me.

If you are commited to Debian, you may have to do some configuring on your own to get it working, else, if you are just looking for any distro, I would experiment around with others, till you find one that detects all your hardware on its own.
Old 02-02-2004, 10:20 AM   #3
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I figured it out. Unloading usbmouse using "mdprobe -r usbmouse" resolved the issue. I do have to unplug/replug the usb cable before it works though.


Old 03-02-2004, 05:55 AM   #4
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I used your "modprobe -r usbmouse" but figured out how to do this without unplugging usb. (thanks for this initial tip!)

/sbin/rmmod usbmouse unloads usbmouse module that seems to have conflict wit HID that Logitech Cordless mouse probably uses.

I automated this procedure by adding startup script to /etc/init.d directory

I call it


/sbin/rmmod usbmouse


chmod 755 /etc/init.d/

(Please tell me what this command does as I am not sure)


update-rc.d defaults 80

If somebody can tell how to remove usbmouse module from Xebian kernel without above script I appreciate it.

As a newbie to linux this shell script was best I can do at the moment.

Old 04-15-2004, 09:15 AM   #5
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chmod - changes permissions of a file or directory. The first digit corresponds to the owner, the second is the group, and last is the others. The digits are made by adding the desired properties:

read (r) = 4
write (w) = 2
execute (x) = 1

so 755 means owner has read, write and execute (4+2+1=7), the group and the others have read and execute (4+1).


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