Share your knowledge at the LQ Wiki.
Go Back > Forums > Linux Forums > Linux - Newbie
User Name
Linux - Newbie This Linux forum is for members that are new to Linux.
Just starting out and have a question? If it is not in the man pages or the how-to's this is the place!


  Search this Thread
Old 11-15-2004, 01:01 AM   #1
LQ Newbie
Registered: Nov 2004
Posts: 14

Rep: Reputation: 0
Sound from mouse!!!

hello everyone
i am using RH 9. I am using a iball PS2 scroller mouse. The problem is that whenever i move my mouse i hear a scratching sound from inside the cabinet. I dont know from where it is coming. As i was not sure whether its a hardware problem or a software problem i am posting it here. Hope somebody will help

Thanx in advance
Old 11-15-2004, 01:32 AM   #2
Senior Member
Registered: Jun 2002
Location: Eastern PA, USA
Distribution: K/Ubuntu 18.04-14.04, Scientific Linux 6.3-6.4, Android-x86, Pretty much all distros at one point...
Posts: 1,802

Rep: Reputation: 157Reputation: 157
If it's a mouse with a physical ball, then you need to clean the rollers occasionally.

If it's an optical mouse,... my guess is that it's cursed... maybe just a hex...
Old 11-15-2004, 01:49 AM   #3
Registered: Dec 2002
Location: The land of GMT -6
Distribution: OS X, PS2 Linux, Ubuntu, IRIX 6.5
Posts: 399

Rep: Reputation: 31
Originally posted by MouseHunter
i hear a scratching sound from inside the cabinet.
Cleaning the rollers is not going to help noise inside the cabinet.

Your problem is caused by a power management feature that makes the processor sleep for only a few cycles at a time. As the computer doesn't need to use the full power of the processor to make the mouse move, and as the mouse has to gradually move across the screen (it can't compute it all at once and be done with it), the processor sleeps a lot. The buzzing/scratching you hear is it turning on and off really fast.

I have this problem, too, but it's on OS X. A quick Google search didn't turn up anything about processor power management on Linux, so perhaps someone more knowledgeable on this subject will come along shortly. Or maybe now that you know what it is, you can figure it out.

In any event, the solution is to make the processor run at full-power all the time. You might not want to do this.

Welcome to Linux Questions! This is the greatest Linux forum. Without this forum, I would not be using Linux.

May all your questions be answered,


Last edited by Travis86; 11-15-2004 at 02:00 AM.
Old 11-15-2004, 04:57 AM   #4
Registered: Jul 2003
Location: Australia
Distribution: Kubuntu 5.10 Ubuntu Dapper
Posts: 220

Rep: Reputation: 30
I had this same sound coming from cabinet . It was actually coming from cabinet speaker . I swapped the speaker with another box and no more scratching sound.
Old 11-15-2004, 12:55 PM   #5
LQ Newbie
Registered: Nov 2004
Posts: 14

Original Poster
Rep: Reputation: 0
at last /me (the lamer) decided to google. It gave me these:

it told me to add "no-hlt"at bootup. It was explained with LILO. I have GRUB and now have to dive into
bash#man grub

and thank u for replying.


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is Off
HTML code is Off

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
sound truncated unless I move mouse Moobax Linux - Hardware 0 11-02-2005 12:19 PM
Mouse, Sound problems Beauford-2 Slackware 4 06-21-2005 09:19 AM
Mouse on sound file icon thort Mandriva 2 10-31-2004 06:54 AM
mouse and sound tjz Linux - Hardware 3 06-03-2004 03:33 PM
No sound, No Mouse on MDK 9.2 theearp Linux - Newbie 2 12-23-2003 11:19 AM > Forums > Linux Forums > Linux - Newbie

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 12:28 AM.

Main Menu
Write for LQ is looking for people interested in writing Editorials, Articles, Reviews, and more. If you'd like to contribute content, let us know.
Main Menu
RSS1  Latest Threads
RSS1  LQ News
Twitter: @linuxquestions
Facebook: linuxquestions Google+: linuxquestions
Open Source Consulting | Domain Registration