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Old 02-10-2005, 09:53 PM   #1
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Question Slackware newbie... Questions about usb mouse, power, bootsplash, GNOMEs

Well, this will probably turn out to be sort of a long post, so let me get started... Here we go...

First and foremost... Huge thanks to all of you people. Without you I wouldn't have even gotten this far. Thanks!

A little background... I have about 6 months of Linux experience so far. Mostly of it is with Debian, and I certainly know enough to get around. I installed Slackware 10 from the 2 CD set about 2 weeks ago, and there is something that I just really like about it. I just can't pinpoint it, but I think it is great, and will never go back to windows... Bleh!

Anyway, I have my Slackware 10 installed on a Toshiba Laptop, A65-s1063 to be specific. I followed the suggestions found in the Shilo's Tutorial, Insyte's Tutorial, and the pages that were linked to those pages. Most everything worked out well. I did a swaret --update to current about a week ago, and that broke some stuff. I figured I may as well keep going on up to bigger, better things, and fix everything that is broken after I get where I wanted to be... Well, I installed kernel 2.6.10, and have been tweaking with it for a few days now. I have resolved most of my sound issues and USB problems while tweaking the kernel. Anyway, f you are reading this you are probably getting bored right about now, so let me get right to my problems...

1. Mouse:

Originally, my synaptic touchpad worked just fine, and so did my USB mouse. After I did swaret --upgrade, my USB mouse stopped working. Okay, I did a mouseconfig and set it up to use my touchpad. After my first kernel compile the touchpad doesn't work the way it is supposed to, I was able to double-tap and hold to drag, etc... This is fine by me, because I would rather use my USB mouse anyway. When I plug in my USB mouse, the laser lights up, and everything looks kosher. I do a mouseconfig, set it to USB, and then reboot, and my touchpad is still the only working mouse. I think it probably has to do with a /dev/mouse link, but I could be wrong. Maybe I don't have a module I need, I don't know. Speaking of modules, here is the output of lsmod:

Module                  Size         Used by
snd_pcm_oss              48708  -
snd_mixer_oss            17388   -
snd_atiixp_modem       13444   -
pcmcia                        16944   -
yenta_socket               19052   -
pcmcia_core                51648   -
I have never seen any modules loaded, but not used by something... Bizarre.

Next Problem: This should be an easy one...


How do I change the menus in GNOME? Should be a simple enough problem... In Debian, I can just do update-menus as user, and blam! That, or it happens automatically... I have been able to set up some launchers for some of my programs, but it would be so much easier if everything was just... there. For this reason I am using KDE, hopefully temporarily.

3. Power:

With the fresh install, reboot would reboot my machine, now, after the upgrade to kernel 2.6.10, it acts as if I ran a shutdown -h at the CLI.

Lastly... (For the moment anyway)

4. Bootsplash:

During my kernel configuration, I enabled bootsplash, frame buffer (vesafb) @ 1024x780, and console frame buffer support. I downloaded a theme from, I think, installed it just like suggested. I think my problem is in the LILO configuation. Here is my lilo.conf:

# LILO configuration file
# generated by 'liloconfig'
# Start LILO global section
boot = /dev/hda
#compact        # faster, but won't work on all systems.
timeout = 50
#VESA framebuffer console @ 1024x768x256
vga = 773
# Normal VGA console
# vga = normal
# VESA framebuffer console @ 1024x768x64k
# vga=791
# VESA framebuffer console @ 1024x768x32k
# vga=790
# VESA framebuffer console @ 1024x768x256
# vga=773
# VESA framebuffer console @ 800x600x64k

# End LILO global section
# Linux bootable partition config begins
image = /boot/vmlinuz
  root = /dev/hda1
  label = SlackwareX2.6
  initrd = /boot/initrd
  append ="splash=verbose"
image = /boot/vmlinuz-ide-2.4.26
  root = /dev/hda1
  label = SlackwareX2.4
Anyway... what I was thinking is that it points to the original initrd from fresh install. When I configured my new kernel, was I supposed to do some extra step to make a new initrd? Just my thoughts...

Anyways, I would love some assistance with this stuff, it could only make my slackbox a whole lot better. I will resist the urge to mess with some stuff here for a lil while, at least until I get a little feedback.

Old 02-10-2005, 10:05 PM   #2
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You may find modules in /etc/rc.d/rc.modules.
I don't know abour 2.6 but if you use a laptop you could make use of this:
#### APM support ###
# APM is a BIOS specification for saving power using several different
# techniques. This is mostly useful for battery powered laptops.
#/sbin/modprobe apm
Without this my computer, which isn't a laptop, does not power off on halt.
Also i don't know what you compiled inside the kernel but you may try this:
## USB device support:
# (Note that once you've loaded USB hub support most USB devices will
# trigger the kernel to load their modules automatically)
# USB "Human Interface Device" driver; handles most USB mice, joysticks,
# gamepads, steering wheels, keyboards, trackballs and digitizers.
#/sbin/modprobe hid
# Simple HIDBP USB mouse driver, if hid doesn't work:
#/sbin/modprobe usbmouse

Last edited by perfect_circle; 02-10-2005 at 10:08 PM.
Old 02-12-2005, 12:04 PM   #3
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hmmm... well, I am not using APM at all... Just ACPI, and when I do a modprobe usbmouse it says

FATAL: Module usbmouse not found.

guess i will try another compile...
Old 02-12-2005, 01:02 PM   #4
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well... when i tryed some things in reguards to my mouse... according to this:

but no dice...

my dmesg won't show it when i plug it in...

but when i plug in my thumbdrive i get:

usb 1-3: new high speed USB device using ehci_hcd and address 3
usb 1-3: device descriptor read/64, error -71
Initializing USB Mass Storage driver...
scsi0 : SCSI emulation for USB Mass Storage devices
usbcore: registered new driver usb-storage
USB Mass Storage support registered.
usb-storage: device found at 3
usb-storage: waiting for device to settle before scanning
  Vendor: Samsung   Model: Mighty Drive      Rev: PMAP
  Type:   Direct-Access                      ANSI SCSI revision: 00
So, I don't think its a USB problem....

What else could it be?


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