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Old 09-24-2001, 01:54 AM   #1
happybunny
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Question Mouse not working, XF86Config editing


Hi. I'm a very experienced Dos/Windows boddy, but a total Linux , so I wonder if anyone would be kind enough to help me out of my foolishness...

I have just installed Linux Mandrake 7.1 with KDE. Unfortunately, the mouse isn't working.

It is a genius easymouse 3 button, and I have found reference on Linux.org's howtos that it definitely works using the MouseSystems 3 button settings. I have tried setting these by running mousedrake and mouseconfig as root from an Xterm window under KDE, but no difference.

I want to go and look at my XF86Config file to check it, and put in the right settings manually (I have them from the HowTo).

I start Linux to a prompt, login as root (I'm guessing I won't be able to change this file otherwise). I then go to the directory /etc/
At this point ls X* lists XF86Config, but if I just do ls it doesn't seem to be in the list - why is this?
If I do less <filename> for somthing displayed by the plain ls command, it works, but less XF86Config reports that there is no such file - what am I doing wrong?

One final question (forgive my further ignorance). I have read that vi is a very weird (to a dos/win mind) editor. How do I put on a more comprehensible one (such as Jstar?).

Thanks for all the help in advance - I hope that a few months of this, and maybe I'll be on the other side of the advice line....

TTFN, Happybunny

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Old 09-24-2001, 11:50 AM   #2
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The XF86Config file for mandrake 7.1 (An 18 month old distribution) should be in /etc/X11/

What you've done is to list files that are a) named X* in the /etc/ directory AND all files inside directories beginning with X, i.e. X11/

BUT eitherway, you should be using Xserver 4, not 3. I think md71 came with X4, but it's so long ago since i was using it i'm not sure. If you are using X4, then your config file if actually XF86Config-4 in that same directory. Mouse support is better under 4.0.x easiest way to find out what server your using is to see what

ls -l /etc/X11/X

says. if it points to XFree86 then it should be 4, if itx XFree86-something then it's 3 (i think).
 
Old 09-24-2001, 01:35 PM   #3
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The XF86Config file for mandrake 7.1 (An 18 month old distribution) should be in /etc/X11/

---- I bought it from Staples last Friday - didn't know it was so old. A shame - all a learning experience for me.

What you've done is to list files that are a) named X* in the /etc/ directory AND all files inside directories beginning with X, i.e. X11/

---- Aha. I see. I thought I must be missing something obvious.

BUT eitherway, you should be using Xserver 4, not 3. I think md71 came with X4, but it's so long ago since i was using it i'm not sure. If you are using X4, then your config file if actually XF86Config-4 in that same directory. Mouse support is better under 4.0.x easiest way to find out what server your using is to see what

ls -l /etc/X11/X

says. if it points to XFree86 then it should be 4, if itx XFree86-something then it's 3 (i think).

---- OK, doing that points to XF86_S3, I presume because this (very old machine that I can mess up as I learn and it not matter) PC has an S3 video card in it.
The folder /etc/X11 contains both the files XF86Config and XF86Config-4 (plus .old versions of both and a few other bits). I'm guessing that if I explore a bit in KDE (seems to be just about possible without a mouse, as in Windows) I can find out which version. I'll get back to you when I know, unless you know off hand.

Thanks so much for taking the time to help - I really appreciate it. I hope to know what I'm talking about one day...

TTFN,
Happybunny
 
  


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