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Old 02-06-2002, 05:50 PM   #1
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Newbie help - mouse jumps in XFree86

I just can't install my mouse properly. It's a dinky 2 button MS mouse and I set up everything properly, but it jumps and stuff within XF86. I have a 266mhz pentium 2 on a chaintech mobo, 64MB of ram, ATI Xpert98@play with 8MB, and a 10.0 quantum hard drive. Please help.
Old 02-07-2002, 03:26 PM   #2
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what protocol are you using in your /etc/X11/XF86Config file? usually you want it to be PS/2.
Old 02-07-2002, 08:02 PM   #3
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So how would I check the protocol? A few step by step instructions would be very nice. Thanks
Old 02-08-2002, 05:27 AM   #4
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Hi Brentiepooh, welcome to the forum.

The best way to verify the information that Synncrm asks for is to look at the config file for X. For newer (v4.x.x) versions of XFree86, that will be /etc/X11/XF86Config-4. For older versions the filename is just XF86Config, and might live in a different directory (it's been a while, so I can't remember exactly). In that file, there will be a section with information regarding your input device(s). If your mouse is a PS/2 type (round mini-din connector), the section should look similar to the following:
# **********************************************************************
# Pointer section
# **********************************************************************
Section "InputDevice"
    Identifier  "Mouse1"
    Driver      "mouse"
    Option "Protocol"    "PS/2"
    Option "Device"      "/dev/psaux"
    Option "Emulate3Buttons"
    Option "Emulate3Timeout"    "50"
# ChordMiddle is an option for some 3-button Logitech mice
#    Option "ChordMiddle"
The key things to look at are the [Option "Protocol" "PS/2"] and [Option "Device" "/dev/psaux"] lines. If you are indeed using a PS/2 style mouse, they should read as above. If you are using an older serial mouse, the [Option "Device" "/dev/psaux" line would read something like [Option "Device" "/dev/ttyS0"].

You didn't say which distro you're using, but they all come with some sort of X configuration utility (Xconfigurator for Redhat and Mandrake) which will allow you to reconfigure your mouse, video, and monitor settings. Try that, and if it doesn't work, include information such as your distro and version, version of XFree86 when you repost. Posting the information in the pointer section of your XF86Config(-4) file would be a good idea also.
Old 02-09-2002, 08:46 AM   #5
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I had a similar problem w/Mandrake 8.1

I had a simililar problem. I opened up a shell console and used command 'mouseconfig' to reconfig my mouse. It turned out that at install I set my mouse to serial when it was a ps/2. You might try that.
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Well...I've found the mouseconfig thing and tried to redo my mouse, but it still jumps around on the screen. Sorry to indicate what distro I have...I downloaded Slackware BigSlack. To get to the Xfree86 configuration, I type XF86config and it takes me to it, so I would imagine I have an older version of BigSlack. Version for Slackware is either 7 or 7.1 I believe. Thanks.


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