Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 160666
Serial Mouse not working
Last modified: 2007-11-30 17:11:07 EST
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Description of problem:
New Fedore Core 4 Installed. Serial Mouse not working.
PS/2 mouse works fine.
In the same machine, with FC3, it works fine.
Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):
Steps to Reproduce:
1. Install FC4 with PS/2 Mouse
2. Shudown, replace PS/2 mouse with serial mouse
Actual Results: serial mouse does not work.
Expected Results: serial mouse should have worked
When the kernel boots ttyS0 and ttyS1 messages are displayed twice
by the serial driver.
Based on a quick examination of kudzu and system-config-mouse, I can't see any
changes that would break a serial mouse.
Created attachment 116216 [details]
Output of cat /proc/bus/input/devices before modprobe sermouse; inputattach -bare /dev/ttyS0 --daemon
Created attachment 116217 [details]
Output of cat /proc/bus/input/devices after modprobe sermouse; inputattach -bare /dev/ttyS0 --daemon
I got my Microsoft Serial Mouse working with gpm and X.org adding the following
lines to my rc.local:
/usr/sbin/inputattach -bare /dev/ttyS0 --daemon
and modifying the configuration files to use /dev/input/mouse1 (instead of
/dev/input/mice). The idea came after examining the output of
/proc/bus/input/devices during the many tests I did.
I attached the output before and after calling the lines of above. I hope gives
someone an idea on were the problem is.
No need to change the rc.local.
Changing the DEVICE line alone in /etc/sysconfig/mouse with /dev/ttyS0
worked for me.
That only works AFTER you run gpm. The gpm rc script does basically the same as
I did. The computer with the problem doesn't have much ram so I can't have
useless daemons wasting memory.
I think FC4 is worst than FC3, I have many issues with this release that I
hadn't with FC3 (XP dual boot installation, sound and serial mouse among others).
Serial mice are not supported during install time with anaconda and for FC5
system-config-mouse is going away.