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Old 12-05-2005, 07:26 PM   #1
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can't get mouse to work in Sarge


Shalom

Newbie hear.

I have installed Debian Sarge on an old box P233, 128meg, no sound, modem, 10-100 nic. I am trying to set it up to be a node in a cluster to process old analog audio files into digital ones. And for the fun too.

The problem is that I have been unable to get the mouse working in X. I know that as a node it won't need X but I am not very good with the prompt and I will need X to get it fully setup them I can remove X. I have reinstalled a couple of times for other reasons (partitions) . I have played with the config programs "dpkg-reconfigure xserver-xfree86" and edxconf and got x to fully start without hanging because it was looking for a serial mouse and not ps2. Now x starts but the mouse doesn't work. The cursor just sits in the middle of the screen. I have tried different protocols, different device options. I do have two different "sections" in the XF86Config-4 file that define the mouse, but from what I have seen online that is not that unusual. I am sure I have some kind of a config issue but have not been able to locate the correct info to help me fix it. The mouse does work when I first boot the box but after I run X the first time it no longer moves around and selects at the command prompt.

the lines from the XF86config-4

Section "InputDevice"
Identifier "Configured Mouse"
Driver "mouse"
Option "CorePointer"
Option "Device" "/dev/psaux"
Option "Protocol "PS/2"
Option "Emulate3Buttons" "True"
Option "ZAxisMapping" "4 5"
EndSection
Section "InputDevice"
Identifier "Generic Mouse"
Driver "mouse"
Option "SendCoreEvents" "true"
Option "Device" "/dev/psaux"
Option "Protocol "PS/2"
Option "Emulate3Buttons" "True"
Option "ZAxisMapping" "4 5"
EndSection

I have tried commenting out the second section along with the steps above. At this point I am at a loss to know how to proceed. I even searched this site but didn’t find what I was looking for either.

There is a seemingly unrelated warning in the log file
PCI - PCI bridge at 0:7.3 has unexpected header : 0x0(II) Host-to-PCI bridge:

And a warning flashes on the screen just as X starts but I have no idea what it is.

All the description of mouse problems with X that I have been able to locate with Google don’t seem to be the one I have with atticware. So I came to this form for some help.

Thanks

Shalom
 
Old 12-05-2005, 08:44 PM   #2
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Mine has to be setup as:

Option "Device" "/dev/input/mice"

Maybe that will work for you, too.
 
Old 12-05-2005, 09:25 PM   #3
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Thanks

The generic mouse was setup that way. I changed it thinking maybe they both had to be the same. I changed it back and still no mouse. May be it is in the system config? but I don't know what the file may be called or where to find it.

Any different ideas?

Thanks

Shalom
 
Old 12-05-2005, 10:16 PM   #4
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find /dev -name mice
On my Debian system, it's /dev/input/mice so that seems the logical device to try. Is it just a vanilla PS/2 mouse (i.e. not an older Microsoft mouse or a serial mouse?).
 
Old 12-06-2005, 06:22 AM   #5
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? find /dev -name mice

Shalom

btmiller wrote "blessed be he":
find /dev -name mice

Is this something I should run from the prompt?
What do I do with the output?

The mouse is an HP PS2 2 button mouse.

Like I said the mouse functions at the prompt on the initial boot. It is will move all over the screen and select any text that is there. It doesn't do any thing with the selected text but I don't think that is a problem and is normal. After I run "startx" the first time the mouse doesn't seam to function at the prompt anymore.

The memory chip I am using is suppose to be a 256meg yet the mem test says it has 131meg. The mem test always says it has the same amount. Yes the main board does support that size chip. So I am thinking this is not the cause of my mouse problem. The other mem option I have is 2 16meg chips.

The box functioned fine with W98 on it.

Shalom

Torah: what a trip
 
Old 12-09-2005, 04:47 AM   #6
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Smile sucess

Shalom

Thanks to all who helped. I pray HaShem (G-d) will bless you.

I have a mouse now. I played with the config again without sucess. Came across a tutorial for a Debian 3.0 install. Btw how is Debian pronounced? I have 3.1 but I followed the install instructions as best as I could and I also used a newer mouse. One other thing I did was to install completely from the web except for what had to be gotten off the CD and I used the 2.6 kernel.

I let the install auto config the drive partitions and I am not sure I like the way it did it so I will probably reinstall again at some point. Maybe with the older mouse.

My next step is to remove the unwanted packages and aps that the base install put in.

Thanks once again

Shalom
 
  


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