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Old 07-23-2005, 03:42 PM   #1
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mandrake install


hi guys,

i just installed mandrake 10.1 on my computer as a dual boot with windows xp. during the install, my usb microsoft wireless mouse wasn't recognized but i chose a usb microsoft explorer mouse during the install options and pressed on with the keyboard. i was hoping that after the install, my mouse would be recognized. now after installing mandrake, i still can't use the blasted mouse!

so i've been searching the internet on how to fix this problem, and i can't figure out what to do. this problem has also led to a slew of additional questions like how do i log in as root?? (the bootup screen only allows me to log in as a created user) and how do i access this omnipotent "mandrake control center"

any help with the mouse issue or any of these questions would be greatly appreciated, because i am really new to linux

TIA
 
Old 07-23-2005, 04:28 PM   #2
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This list of keys may help you get around on the desktop if you're running KDE.

ctl+tab Switch between desktops
alt+tab Switch between applications
alt+f1 Open application menu
alt+f2 Opens command window
alt+f3 Opens window menu
alt+f4 Closes window
f1 Opens help for program
f2 Finds a word in a page
f3 Finds next
space Selects/Unselect files
ctl+n Open file manager window
ctl+a Selects all files in current directory
ctl+t Opens a terminal window
ctl+w Closes window
ctl+f Finds files
ctl+c Copy
ctl+v Paste

By Janis Kracht 3/15/00
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If I remember you used to be able to switch to root on reboot....or session restart.

If you attempt to change something that needs root permissions it will usually ask you for the root pw.....
 
Old 07-23-2005, 04:30 PM   #3
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Please use more helpful thread titles in future. You're told about this when you post a new thread!

Not sure about the mouse, but about logging in as root: it isn't wise, because you have so much power and so could end up breaking things. I'm sure someone can explain in more detail. When you access Mandrake's Control Centre, you should be prompted for your root password so you can change things in that. That was the case with Red Hat's control centre thing, anyway.
 
Old 07-23-2005, 05:45 PM   #4
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well the log in screen only shows created users upon system reboot, and the only way i can access root is through the terminal and the "su" command...but i'm never able to start the system as root

is there anyway to use the keyboard to access the mcc?

also when i try using any usb mouse, nothing works. i'm beginning to wonder whether or not my usb drives are even being recognized...

however, upon startup, usb devices is one of the things listed as being mounted...i think
 
Old 07-23-2005, 06:30 PM   #5
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Mandrake control center is in Start(button like in Windows)/System/Configuration/Configure your computer,here you will be asked for root password,if you don't chose one during installation maybe just need to press enter.Control center is open now chose hardware and you'll see where is mouse....
 
Old 07-23-2005, 06:50 PM   #6
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when i press the start button on the keyboard and go to /system/configuration there is no "configure" menu

all i see is configure your desktop...
 
Old 07-23-2005, 08:01 PM   #7
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Maybe you cant find it or it is not installed.If it is not installed you've got to install this application.It is called drakconf.You can run installation once again from the beginning and when chose packages don't forget drakconf rpmdrake and other important packages.And try to configure mouse during installation.
Why don't you use PS2 mouse for Linux and USB for Windows .It will not be a problem for XP and Linux will recognize PS2 mouse without a problem.
 
Old 07-23-2005, 08:18 PM   #8
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does mandrake not support usb mice?

i tried fedora 2 core a while back and the same wireless usb mouse worked fine in it

the problem is even the install doesn't recognize the mouse

is there anyway to resolve this without reinstalling?
 
  


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