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grantm 07-21-2003 01:16 PM

Memorex Optical Wheel Mouse problem
Hi All,

Just installed Redhat 9, my very first attempt to delve into the wonderful world of Linux. Had a little difficulty with the installer in that it kept complaining about my new 60GB hard drive that has Win98 on it (partition table unreadable). However, I got around it by nuking the drive with Win98 fdisk and reformatting all the partitions. After a restore of Win98 from my backup, the redhat installer seemed to like it better. I suppose the redhat installer didn't like the way the Western Digital utilities formatted it. {shrug}

Anyway, I'm rambling. Onto my little annoyance. I have a memorex optical scroll wheel mouse (PS2) that's acting a little strange. When I move the mouse very slowly the mouse pointer doesn't move at all. It's only when I pick up some speed that it starts to move. Quite frustrating when you're trying to move the mouse onto a small button etc. If I move the mouse around too quickly it does some strange wiggly movement (difficult to explain). Currently, the mouse is set to "Generic Wheel mouse". If I try to change it to something else (actually, even if I keep the current setting) using "System settings->mouse" and click on the OK button, the mouse goes wonky, flies down to the bottom left of the screen and is completely unusable. If I try to move it at all it starts opening up the menus and starting all sorts of applications. The only way to cure it is to log out and log in again. I've done a few google searches and searched on these forums but I can't find anything that resembles my "stationary" mouse problem. This is redhat 9 straight out of the box with everything installed. I'm using Gnome (I think).

Anything help would be greatly appreciated.


aaa 07-21-2003 02:15 PM

When you use xf86cfg to configure the mouse it lets you use the number pad to move the cursor around in case it goes wonky.

grantm 07-21-2003 11:44 PM

Found out what the problem was. In /etc/X11/XF86Config file there was an entry missing for the mouse's resolution. I added the line and set it to 100. That didn't make much difference so I set it to 200, et voila, my mouse is now working a lot smoother.

Section "InputDevice"
Identifier "Mouse0"
Driver "mouse"
Option "Protocol" "IMPS/2"
Option "Device" "/dev/psaux"
Option "ZAxisMapping" "4 5"
Option "Resolution" "200"
Option "Emulate3Buttons" "no"

It goes absolutely crazy in the Console window though (CTRL-ALT-F2), totally wonky.

aaa 07-22-2003 07:50 AM

On my pc, the mouse goes wonky in the console after starting X.
I restart gpm and everything goes fine.

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