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Old 04-09-2002, 05:51 PM   #1
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Thumbs down xsystem is fine but no mouse!

please be gentle with me.

okay installed redhat 7.2 no problems at all....except my cheap mouse (serial 3 button) probably on COM 1 isn't there!

I stupidly picked the option to load x system at boot up and now when i get there i can't do much else

do i have to reinstall it all again? please say no!

at least the other system (microsoft infested) is still working so i can get help!

Thanks for reading! Fingers cossed.
Old 04-09-2002, 11:21 PM   #2
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no need to reinstall
just hit ctrl + alt + F1 - you will be dropped to a console and you will need to log in. then you can type mouseconfig - to select the correct stuff and then exit, to make sure it did stuff correctly try a ls -l /dev/ | grep mouse - there should be a and entry which lokks like this:
lrwxrwxrwx 1 root root 10 Dec 3 22:41 mouse -> ttyS0 - which is a link to the first serial port.

to get back in X logout and hit ctrl + alt + F8 (maybe F7 or F9...)
Old 04-10-2002, 01:05 PM   #3
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ok once you make sure your mouse device works you will have to edit Xf86Config file and in the pointing device section put in the correct protocol for a serial mouse (which i dont know what it is).

Hope that helps

- Nskl
Old 04-10-2002, 05:31 PM   #4
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thanks for the help.....but
it didn't work ....well it did i played with linux all day in character form, loads of fun
i think the motherboard is ****ed, because the serial mouse works on other system, doesn't work on "linux system" running windows, so i finally used a usb mouse to work with windows when i stole the usb card from my hubby's computer.
better luck tomorrow
thanks again.


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