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Old 11-22-2003, 11:28 PM   #1
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Question Mouse Problem

I'm a new to Linux (I just installed Slackware 9.1) and bought a serial to PS/2 converter for my system. When I was configuring the system at install I set my mouse to PS/2. When I start KDE, however the mouse doesn't respond. Any suggestions (even and especially obvious ones)?
Old 11-23-2003, 03:42 AM   #2
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Need some info....
- output of 'ls -la /dev/mouse'
- the mouse driver info from /etc/X11/XF86Config
(starts as below and ends at "EndSection"
Section "InputDevice"
Driver "mouse"
Old 11-23-2003, 11:38 AM   #3
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As root on the commandline, try:

'# cat /dev/mouse'
'# cat /dev/psaux'
'# cat /dev/ttyS0'
'# cat /dev/ttyS1'

does anyone of those devices show output to the screen when you move your mouse?


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Old 11-23-2003, 12:03 PM   #4
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When I enter 'ls -la /dev/mouse' I get:

lrwxrwxrwx 1 root root 5Nov 22 14:06 /dev/mouse ->psaux

Info from /etc/X11/XF86Config:
Section "InputDevice"

# Identifier and driver

Identifier "Mouse1"
Driver "mouse"

# On platforms where PnP mouse detection is supported the following protocol
# setting can be used when using a newer PnP mouse:

# Option "Protocol" "Auto"
# The avalible mouse protocols types that you can set are below are:
# Auto BusMouse GlidePoint GlidePointPS/2 IntelliMouse IMPS/2
# Logitech Microsoft MMHitab MMSeries Mouseman MouseManPlusPS/2
# MouseSystems NetMousePS/2 NetScroolPS/2 OSMouse PS/2 SysMouse
# ThinkingMouse ThingkingMousePS/2 Xquene
Option "Protocol" "PS/2"

# The mouse device. The device is normally set to /dev/mouse,
# which is usually a symbolic link to the real device.

Option "Device" "/dev/mouse"
# Option "Device" "/dev/sax"
# Option "Device" "dev/ttyS0"
# Option "Device" "/dev/ttyS1"

# When using XQUEUE, comment out the above two lines, and uncomment
# the following line.

# Option "protocol" "Xqueue"

# Baudrate and SampleRate are only for some Logitech mice. In
# almost every case these lines should be omitted.
# Option "BaudRate" "9600"
# Option "SampleRate" "150"

# Emulate3Buttons is an option for 2-button Microsoft mice
# Emulate3Timeout is the timeout in milliseconds (default is 50ms)

# Option "Emulate3Buttons"
# Option "Emulate3Timeout" "50"

# ChordMiddle is and option for some 3-button Logitech mice

# Option "ChordMiddle

# EndSection
Old 11-23-2003, 12:06 PM   #5
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By the way I'm using a GE 3-button PS/2 Mouse : HO98801
Old 11-23-2003, 01:37 PM   #6
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If you are new to linux, slackware is probably not the best distro to use. It is often harder to configure than the more mainstream distros. If you dont mind the extra time involved in downloading them, I might suggest SuSE or RedHat.
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It's probably the converter if it did not come with that mouse, they don't usually work on everything.
Old 11-25-2003, 05:05 PM   #8
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this looks a strange XF86Config file for slack.
You should look at uncommented lines to see what is your configuration.
Could you post again the uncommented lines?
Old 11-27-2003, 11:55 PM   #9
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Try changing this:

Option "Protocol" "PS/2"

with this:

Option "Protocol" "Auto"

Hope it can help!


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