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Old 01-31-2004, 10:36 AM   #1
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wheel mouse can only go up and down

on my RH 9, Kernel2.4.20-8, my wheel mouse can only go up and down, no left or right, I ran mouseconfig several times but still have same problem.
also it won't detect the USB mouse, what is the command to see if usb mouse support module is loaded?
Old 01-31-2004, 10:40 AM   #2
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lsmod to display modules

as for the wheel mouse, try running the xf86config command (backup your existing /etc/X11/XF86Config-4 file)
Old 01-31-2004, 11:34 AM   #3
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Is it one of those new Microsoft Wheel mice that you can move the wheel right and left and up and down?

If so, I've heard that the right and left don't work yet in Linux.

Old 02-28-2004, 03:13 PM   #4
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That would be incorrect. I have a newer MS Intellipoint Explorer USB mouse and it works fine from the start of the installation process in RedHat 8, 9, and FDC1.

I just spent 12 hours trying to resolve this same issue after installing Slackware 9.1. I was using the same kernel version (2.4.22) in both installations (redhat and slack), the XF86Config was exactly the same, but the mouse only moved up and down on the screen.

If I do cat /dev/input/mice I can see that every motion of the mouse is being registered, including the side buttons. But the controls do not map to the pointer functionallity correctly.

I knew Slackware was a very 'manual' installation, but I didn't know I'd have to map out my mouse (which I still don't know how to do).

I love the amount of control that slack gives you, but I have better things to do with my time than spend hours trying to make something that should be 'automatic'. I have since reinstalled Redhat, and it only took me 15 minutes to get my mouse working (the time of the installation).

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Old 02-29-2004, 01:17 AM   #5
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Well, I've found more information on this issue. It is caused by the kernel configuration. I'm not sure what it is yet, but I copied my rh9 .config to a floppy and installed slackware 9.1 again. After the installation, the same issue was present, the mouse would not move correctly. So I recompiled the kernel using the .config from my rh9 install, rebooted, and now I'm able to use my mouse.

I will investigate this further to try to narrow down the exact configuration setting that causes this issue.


Interestingly enough I found that what was causing my issue was the CONFIG_USB_MOUSE=m support was enabled. Disabling this option in the kernel allows my mouse to function correctly. Viewing the help on this kernel option, it basically says this module will replace the generic HID support when this is enabled. I would guess that unloading the usbmouse module fixes the issue too.

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