Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 115513
Serial mouse doesn't work during install
Last modified: 2007-11-30 17:10:36 EST
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Description of problem:
During the install of Fedora Core 2 Test 1, my two button serial mouse
did not work. It is working fine now that FC2 is installed.
Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):
Steps to Reproduce:
1. Boot of FC2 Test 1 CD.
2. After GUI starts up, mouse does not work.
The mouse is attached to ttyS1.
My 3-button serial mouse was detected wrongly as "Generic - Wheel
mouse (PS/2)" which didn't work. I installed using keyboard only,
selected the correct mouse during installation, just to find that
"firstboot" doesn't accept any keyboard input and I need to work
around that, too.
FC2 Test1 will generally report that a PS/2 wheel mouse is there every
time. This is fixed in current trees.
As Bill said, the development tree should have this fixed
Rather than reporting a PS/2 wheel mouse, FC2 final detects my
mouse as a generic 2 button serial mouse, and doesn't work during
the install (although it's fine once the install is complete).
My mouse is actually a *3* button serial mouse, too, which meant
that I had to manually run mouseconfig after installing to get the
middle button working under X.
*** Bug 119474 has been marked as a duplicate of this bug. ***
Maybe the wheel issue is solved (is it?), but serial mice are still
*not* detected during installation (FC3t1). Reassigning.
Serial mice aren't going to be supported during installation (unless
someone provides a patch). They're just not common enough at this
point and fall into the same category as ISA network cards as far as
support is concerned.
I dont know about other parts of the world but here in India serial
mouse are much more common that ISA cards. In my office almost every
system has a serial mouse but no ISA cards. Please reconsider this