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Old 05-13-2009, 03:30 PM   #1
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Gentoo Xorg Config Test Issues


I recently installed Gentoo on my desktop & have been attempting to get Xorg working properly.

I ran the "Xorg -configure" tool, but when attempting to test the configuration file by using X (X -config /root/, X starts properly & I see the dotted black / white screen & X cursor.

The issue is that I have no keyboard or mouse input (I tried this with 2 separate keyboards, one USB & one PS2. My PS/2 keyboard LED's actually turned off when testing X).

Basically, I need to restart my system whenever I attempt to test my Xorg.conf.

I checked the file (don't currently have it accessible, as I'm at work), and found nothing wrong with the configuration.

Any ideas would be greatly appreciated,


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Old 05-13-2009, 06:33 PM   #2
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Hi, posting the xorg.conf file would help to see what might be wrong with it.

I have found that auto X config files tend not to work very well...
Old 05-14-2009, 12:24 AM   #3
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Hammett, I've found that the newer versions of Xorg use evdev, and therefore need it as a USE flag (I believe?) and most definitely under the INPUT_DEVICES--for example INPUT_DEVICES="keyboard mouse evdev". I compiled my kernel, as well as xorg-server without evdev support.

After re-emerging with the proper flags, I was successfully able to move my mouse & use both keyboards.


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