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Old 03-15-2006, 03:35 AM   #1
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Newbie mouse & speaker problem

First off, hello to all!

Now, here's my delima:
About a year ago, after much begging, my boyfriend partitioned my HDD and installed Slackware 10.2 onto my machine after I took interest in learning about Linux. Needless to say, he never really showed me how to use it. I only know how to login, start everything up, so I can get on GAIM and Firefox...and that's where my problem lies. I'm now sick and tired of Windows, to the point where I'm ready to throw my comp out the window, and want to switch to full on Linux - BUT the new HP wireless rechargeable optical mouse I got for Christmas doesn't wanna work, and nor do my speakers. I have to use the keyboard to maneuver as well as I can, and can't listen to music. I have no clue how to set up things in Slack, and my boyfriend is currently 1500miles away in the army, so he can't do this for me. :|

So, can anyone try to help me out? It'd be greatly appreciated!


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Old 03-15-2006, 04:59 AM   #2
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To get the speakers working you usually have to run "alsamixer" as root and change the volumes. Exit with "Esc" and run "alsactl store" after that. Even after that I had problems that the volumes were turned down again after reboot so I put a line "alsactl restore &" in my /etc/rc.d/rc.local, so the volumes get restored every time I reboot my computer.

About the mouse -- no clue, but I think you will have to give more information (model, how is it connected to your computer, what did you already try to get it working) about that so that others can lead you to get it to run properly.

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Old 03-16-2006, 02:54 AM   #3
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I'm going to switch over to Slack right now to try the speaker thing.

I fixed the mouse problem. w00t. Just poked around a bit and found out I just had to change a line of text in xorg.conf. Scroll wheel doesn't work, tho...but I can deal. I feel proud.

Thanks for your help, tho.

Scroll wheel fixed, and I have sound. Mods can delete this thread if needed.

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