Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 171155
graphical install fails due to missing Synaptics input event devices
Last modified: 2007-11-30 17:11:15 EST
Description of problem:
Anaconda crashes when attempting to start the X server for the graphical
install. The error in X.log indicates no synaptics event device was found, No
core pointer, failed to initialize core devices.
Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):
Steps to Reproduce:
1. boot graphical anaconda on a laptop with a Synaptics touchpad
2. select language and install method
Synaptics no synaptics event device found (checked 10 nodes)
Synaptics The /dev/input/event* device nodes seem to be missing
Query no Synaptics: 6003C8
(EE) Synaptics no synaptics touchpad detected and no repeater device
(EE) Synaptics Unable to query/initialize Synaptics hardware.
(EE) PreInit failed for input device "Synaptics"
No core pointer
Fatal server error:
failed to initialize core devices
Synaptics devices should be supported.
HP Omnibook 6000
Synaptics Touchpad, model: 1, fw: 5.4, id: 0x9b54b1, caps: 0x844793/0x0
serio: Synaptics pass-through port at isa0060/serio1/input0
input: SynPS/2 Synaptics TouchPad on isa0060/serio1
input: TPPS/2 IBM TrackPoint on synaptics-pt/serio0
-/bin/sh-3.00# ls -l /dev/input
crw-r--r-- 1 root 0 13, 63 Oct 18 15:34 mice
Created attachment 120133 [details]
X log file
Created attachment 120135 [details]
Created attachment 120136 [details]
I fixed this just this past Friday when I discovered it doing an install on a
new laptop. It's committed in CVS, but we haven't rebuilt anaconda just yet.
As a workaround, you can hit scroll lock while anaconda is probing hardware just
before it starts X, switch over to tty2, make the /dev/input/event* device
nodes, switch back to tty1, and turn off scroll lock. Or, just give it a few
days and we'll rebuild.