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Old 12-07-2008, 01:34 PM   #1
Wechtlein Uns
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Screen scrolls up and down by itself. I think mouse related.

Hello, my name is Wechtlein Uns, and I recently installed Slackware 12.1 on my shuttle computer. It's an old one, with an AMD athlont +1700 processor. I configured the mouse with xorgsetup and edited the xorg.conf file to show this:

Section    "Input Device"
      Identifier "mouse0"
      Option "protocol"  "auto"
      Option "Device" "/dev/input/mice"
      Option "ZaxisMapping" "4 5"
      Option "Buttons" "5"
I'm using a Dell logitech optical mouse. Now then, for a while, things went fine, but somehow it got started that when I had my mouse over an application window that had a scrollbar, the window would scroll up and down in a kind of jerky motion. I couldn't stop it by scrolling the wheel on the mouse. I could scroll the wheel on the mouse, and the screen would respond, but after I was finished scrolling, it would go back to the jerky motion. I can't get my work done!

I've tried using a ps/2 mouse, but the system won't even recognize that. (I change the xorg.conf file accordingly, too.) This has also happened when I was using ubuntu. Though it didn't happen when I was using damn small linux.

I really want to keep slackware, so I need somehow to solve this problem! Please help. thank you.
Old 12-07-2008, 07:29 PM   #2
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Sounds like your scroll wheel on your mouse is dying...

My old one did that alot before the scroll wheel stopped working. Did it on any machine I plugged it into, was fairly random, but got worse over time.
Old 12-07-2008, 08:53 PM   #3
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oh? Well, I'll have to look into that. Do they sell scroll wheels somewhere?
Old 12-07-2008, 10:12 PM   #4
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You should probably test the mouse on a different computer to see if the wheel is faulty or not.

Your PS2 mouse will only work if it was plugged in before you started the computer (remember to edit xorg.conf to point to the correct device too). USB mice are hot-pluggable but PS2 are not.


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