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Old 09-02-2003, 12:23 AM   #1
Registered: Aug 2003
Distribution: Mandrake 9.2
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Mouse problems :(

Ok, so i spend all day with a friend online walking me through the gentoo install now every thing works X/KDE and all that fun stuff but........... my mouse does not work! ugg.. can any one think of any ideas to enable it? when starting the boot to gentoo hotplug gives some error about the mouse "i dont remember what exactly.." but all thats stoping me from enjoying gentoo after all this hard work is the mouse.. and thats a pretty import thing .. for me any ways
thanks for any help!


The error i get is this:

* starting USB/PCI hotplugging......
modprobe: modprobe: can't locate module mousedev

Last edited by SiZaint; 09-02-2003 at 12:36 AM.
Old 09-02-2003, 01:41 AM   #2
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i pluged in an PS/2 mouse and it works but i really miss my wireless optical 5 button mouse over this ps/2 2 button peice of crap...... :\ any one got any ideas?
Old 09-02-2003, 06:38 AM   #3
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I assume your nice mouse is USB? If so it means that (because the PS2 one works) you probably have a symlink from /dev/mouse to /dev/psaux. Try doing this:

$ ls -l /dev/mouse
lrwxrwxrwx 1 root root 10 Mar 26 13:35 /dev/mouse -> /dev/psaux

$ rm -rf /dev/mouse

$ ln -s /dev/input/mice /dev/mouse

then restart X and see if it detects it. If it doesn't, fix what you just did:

$ rm -rf /dev/mouse

$ ln -s /dev/psaux /dev/mouse

see if GPM works (ctrl-alt-f1 to a text terminal, move the mouse and see if a white box moves around the screen). If that works then ps aux | grep gpm and see what device gpm is using and symlink it to /dev/mouse. If it doesn't then try

$ cat /dev/input/mice

and see if it spits anything out when you move the mouse around. you could also try /dev/psaux, or anything else that makes sense.




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