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Subject: [linux-help] Re: Debian Problem with mouse
From: "Jonathan Hall" <flimzy@xxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Wed, 8 Jun 2005 20:20:05 -0500
Reply-to: linux-help@xxxxxxxxx

What device does your XF86Config-4 file point to for the mouse?  Should
probably be /dev/ttyS0 for a serial mouse, possibly /dev/ttyS1 (S2 and S3
are also possibilities, but pretty unlikely on a semi-modern computer).

If you absolutely cannot get it to work, you may have better luck using gpm
and a repeating protocol.  In that scenario, you'll tell gpm to use
/dev/ttyS0 (or similar), then tell it to repeat.  Then X will use
/dev/gpmdata.  (What this does is GPM runs the mouse driver, then 'repeats'
all the mouse events to the /dev/gpmdata for X to receive as well).  In some
cases this can be the best setup anyway (particularly with oddball mice that
X doesn't like very well, but gpm works fine with).

-- Jonathan

----- Original Message -----
From: "bbales" <bbales@xxxxxxx>
To: <linux-help@xxxxxxxxx>
Sent: Wednesday, June 08, 2005 7:11 PM
Subject: [linux-help] Debian Problem with mouse

> I finally broke down and bought the seven Debian CD set.  Received it the
> day they released 3.1.  Installed a minimal system on an old 200MHz box.
> KDE comes up fine, but the mouse won't move.  XF86Config-4 has two
> sections for mouse, both appear to be for a wheel mouse.  I tried to edit
> XF86Config directly (as I have done often with Red-Hat) and it somehow
> completely hosed the system.  So I have reloaded the system and the mouse
> is again inoperable.  The mouse is a serial, three-button which still
> works on this box with windows.
> Does Debian have a secret configuration tool for XF86Config?  Or could
> there be some other problem with the mouse?
> bruce
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