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Old 01-23-2012, 05:10 PM   #1
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How to get GPM & Synaptic Touchpad/USB Mouse working in 13.37?

hey guys,
my old Averatec 3150 with Slackware 13.37 ( is working great except GPM is not working for either the synaptic touchpad or my USB mouse.
NOTE: The synaptic pad and usb mouse work, just not for GPM.
basically the mouse and synaptic work when X is running, but in console mode GPM is not working with either

I have googled and found nothing..
any ideas on how to get GPM working with both?
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# Start/stop/restart the GPM mouse server:

if [ "$1" = "stop" ]; then
echo "Stopping gpm..."
/usr/sbin/gpm -k
elif [ "$1" = "restart" ]; then
echo "Restarting gpm..."
/usr/sbin/gpm -k
sleep 1
/usr/sbin/gpm -m /dev/mouse -t imps2
else # assume $1 = start:
echo "Starting gpm: /usr/sbin/gpm -m /dev/mouse -t imps2"
/usr/sbin/gpm -m /dev/mouse -t imps2

# There is another way to run GPM, where it acts as a repeater outputting a
# virtual MouseSystems mouse on /dev/gpmdata. This is useful for feeding
# gpm's data to X, especially if you've got a busmouse (in that situation X
# and gpm may not coexist without using a repeater). To try running a GPM
# repeater for X, change the gpm command line to look like this:
# /usr/sbin/gpm -R msc -m /dev/mouse -t imps2
# Then, make sure that the mouse configuration in your XF86Config file refers
# to the repeater device (/dev/gpmdata) and a MouseSystems mouse type. If you
# edit the file directly, you'll want the lines to look like this (minus the
# comment marks '#' shown here, of course):
#Section "Pointer"
# Protocol "MouseSystems"
# Device "/dev/gpmdata"
What about trying a repeater as suggested above?

Or this thread should help;

Setting up a USB mouse in Slackware


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