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Old 02-02-2003, 03:18 AM   #1
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Arrow Gr arg newbie problems

I just put Slackware 8.1 on my now exMicorsoft Win2k machine. Need help with the following:
Logitech USB Optical Wheel Mouse (um.. weirdness)
Sound Blaster PCI 512 (no sound)

I'm very new to Linux so write a reply like you're talking to a 4 year old.

Okay, the mouse....
I was able to get XFree86 to run but the stupid thing won't move. My XF86Config:
Identifier "Mouse1"
Driver "mouse"
Option "SendCore Events" "true"
Option "Device" "/dev/input/mice"
Option "Protocol" "IMPS/2"
Option "ZAxisMapping" "4 5"
Option "Buttons" "5"
Option "Emulate3Buttons" "on"

The only way it works is if I modprobe the usbcore, input, hid, and mousedev, otherwise XFree86 dumps out something like "can't find the mouse." I'm currently reinstalling Slackware and making sure I check the "usb" for mouse during setup/install, doubtful this will work though.

And the sound...
I figured I wanted a mouse first. I have no idea where to start. I've poked in some help files on how to set it up. KDE returned a "dev/sound" not found thing when I got it to start with NO MOUSE. Me and my linux bible are getting to be too close of friends. Someone help!

Old 02-02-2003, 05:27 AM   #2
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To get your Soundblaster working, have you tried uncommenting the Soundblaster line in /etc/rc.d/rc.modules?

That should get sound working for root. To get sound for other users, add the user's id to the 'sys' line in /etc/group (you can see what your user id is by typing id at the prompt). That sould do the trick, but if not try chmodding /dev/dsp, /dev/mixer and /dev/audio to 666.

Can't help with the mouse, sorry. You might get some pointers from this list of online resources (courtesy of Jack Lai's site)
Old 02-02-2003, 07:49 AM   #3
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I think my notebook that uses a USB mouse is configured for the device /dev/usb/mouse0. So you might want to try changing the device.

But you should also do a search here on LQ. I know there have been alot of posts regarding USB mice. Limit the search to just the Slack forum to reduce the list and get relevant info for Slack.


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