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Old 07-12-2003, 06:03 PM   #1
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mouse and x problems

I finally got Slackware installed for the first time but I have a few problems.

1. When Slackware loads up and all that text is displayed, at the bottom it will say:

/dev/mouse: no such device

Now I have a Microsoft Wheel Mouse Optical USB and PS/2 Compatible mouse (It says that under the mouse) and currently I have it on PS/2. Under Windows XP it says its a USB Wheel Mouse Optical. I tried typing /dev/mouse but I get a 'permission denied' message.

Question: How do I get my mouse to work?

2. The x windows system will not boot. I think this might be related to my mouse problem. I will give you the exact error message if you need me to but I don't have it right now, but it does say something about my mouse. I ran xf86config but I'm not sure if I'm picking the right options for my graphics card which I believe is a SIS built in but am not sure exactly what it is. I tried the SuperProbe command but I get this message:

SuperProbe: command not found

I'm currently dual booting Slack/Windows XP. I looked in a couple places for my graphics card but its not showing anything.

Question: Why is the superprobe command not working and where can I find information about my graphics card on Windows?

Thanks in advance.
Old 07-12-2003, 08:13 PM   #2
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use a ps2 adaptor that came with the mouse or buy a ps2 adaptor
Old 07-12-2003, 09:13 PM   #3
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I fixed all of my problems just by reinstalling and choosing USB for my mouse.


Everything works great right now though.

Slackware is awsome by the way
Old 07-14-2003, 12:04 PM   #4
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Re: mouse and x problems


I too had a little trouble getting my USB mouse configured correctly in slack. If everything is working cool, but in case it helps, here's how I set mine up in slackware 9...

1. GPM will give you a mouse in the console. As long as you can cat /dev/input/mice and get some garbage, you're in... change the two lines in /etc/rc.d/rc.gpm which say:

/usr/sbin/gpm -m /dev/mouse -t imps2
/usr/sbin/gpm -m /dev/mouse -t imps2


/usr/sbin/gpm -m /dev/input/mice -t imps2

providing you used imps2 as your mouse driver. If not set it to imps2 using pkgconfig as this will give you wheel finctionality. Now kill GPM with killall -9 gpm and then restart GPM with /etc/rc.d/rc.gpm (all as root obviously). You should now have a working mouse on the console.

2. In XF86Config, look for your mouse settings, they should look something like this:-

Identifier "Mouse1"
Driver "mouse"
Option "Protocol" "IMPS/2"
Option "Device" "/dev/input/mice"
Option "ZAxisMapping" "4 5"

where Option "Protocol" "IMPS/2" gives you wheel mouse finctionality, and Option "ZAxisMapping" "4 5" giving you wheel life.
Option "Device" "/dev/input/mice" points to your USB mouse.

I have a Logitech Optical Wheel Mouse, but the above results gave me the full functionality of the mouse in slack 9. Hope this helps,



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