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Old 11-12-2005, 01:38 PM   #1
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USB Mouse problem

After reading all the help on this subject I still have no viable solution.

I'm running Slackware 10.3 on MS Virtual PC 2004 (going to use it for Java testing in a few months) and got the command prompt working fine.

However, my Logi MX500 (USB wired optical) isn't working. I've tried mouseconfig, xorgconfig and using jed to edit xorg.conf to no avail. I've checked and double checked things and still nothing.

I keep getting the device not found error, but ironically the mouse pointer is working at the command prompt level. Is it to do with the way the VM implements mice? Or am I just doing something stupid.

I'll post conf details when I'm not rushing for work

Old 11-13-2005, 08:48 AM   #2
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I assume by "console mouse" you mean gpm.

I seem to remember reading somewhere that if gpm is active and using the mouse, that nothing else will be able to, because only one thing can read from the same character device at one time. I also seem to remember reading about an X driver that actually reads from gpm data for its mouse data, so that you can use both at the same time.

You may want to try stopping gpm, and then seeing if X can detect your mouse. First stop gpm, then look around in /dev or /dev/input and see if you can find your mouse. Cat each device you suspect to be it, and it should cat some characters when you move the mouse or click a button. That's when you know you found the mouse. Alternatively, you can check gpm's config to see what device it's looking at.

When you're sure you found the mouse, make sure gpm is shut down (again) and tell your xorg config to use exactly that device. On my debian system, this is "/dev/input/mice". Then your x mouse should at least respond to moving the mouse. If it moves funky or doesn't click right, then you can change the mouse driver. If it still doesn't move at all, then I'm not sure what's going on.

Good luck!
Old 11-16-2005, 10:27 AM   #3
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What if 3 devices respond?
I get a response with /dev/mouse
, /dev/input/mice, /dev/input/mouse0


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