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Old 03-21-2005, 11:16 PM   #1
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Exclamation Mouse not working with SUSE 9.1 Pro

Hello friends,
I installed a SUSE 9.1 Pro with windows 2000 (FAT partions) already on it.
Now, both of them work fine except that the mouse in my suse dosenot work (doesnot move at all). Even while installing suse, I had to do all conifgurations with keyboard only. It is a serial mouse and my windows shows it on Com1. I also have another hard disk connected with Red hat enterprise edition and Windows XP instaled. All my bootloaders of the respective drives are in the MBRs of the drives.
Kindly help with my problem.

Vivek J. Joshi.
Old 03-22-2005, 01:14 PM   #2
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Third time today, check your BIOS for claiming legacy devices (mouse & kbd) for USB, is possible problem here.

Also, does SuSE 9.1Pro claim to know serial mouse?... I guess it does since that is what you are trying, but could check SuSE site for rat-data JIC...

Old 03-22-2005, 08:06 PM   #3
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If you're still having trouble, check with YaST. You can run it from the console if you must ("YaST", follow the capitalization). Go into hardware and then mouse. The first serial port is called ttyS0 (this is what windows calls com1). Select the mouse model that is closest to what you have.

That should handle it if it simply didn't detect correctly. You can also try "cat /dev/ttyS0". This will read data from that mouse and spit it at the screen. As you move the mouse around, it should give you all kind's of weird characters. Push ctrl+c to quit.
Old 05-05-2005, 08:49 AM   #4
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Was a solution ever found? I think I'm experiencing the same thing:

I'm trying to get a serial mouse working on Suse 9.3.

It did not work during the install until I went to the mouse section and changed it to "Microsoft Serial (com1)". After that it was fine during the rest of the install.

After first boot, again it did not work. I went into Yast and simply clicked "finished" in the mouse configuration (since the proper mouse was still selected) and that made it work again, but for that session only.

Also, the mouse is not automatically detected under Knoppix 3.8, but is under Mandrake 10.0, if that provides any clue as to what is going on.

I tried changing the "legacy USB" option in the BIOS, but it made no difference.



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