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Bug 5558 - Old microsoft mouse wasn't detected
Old microsoft mouse wasn't detected
Product: Red Hat Linux
Classification: Retired
Component: installer (Show other bugs)
i386 Linux
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Assigned To: Jay Turner
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Reported: 1999-10-04 23:14 EDT by eckman
Modified: 2015-01-07 18:38 EST (History)
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Last Closed: 1999-12-01 16:07:03 EST
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Description eckman 1999-10-04 23:14:01 EDT
I tried 3 different mice with the redhat 6.1 X-install
program, but they all happened to be 2-button serial MS (or
MS compatible) mice. None of them were detected.  The newest
of the mice is a revision 2.0A MS mouse.

The X-install program isn't very non-mouse friendly I'm
afraid.  (I submitted a bug report about that already.)

I hard-coded my setting into the
instimage/usr/lib/python1.5/site-packages/xserver.py file on
my NFS server to get my install to work.  Not a solution for
everyone.  :)


Comment 1 Jay Turner 1999-10-20 14:53:59 EDT
What happens when you select the mouse that you have in the mouse
config screen?  The installer should work without any problems with a
PS/2 mouse or a serial mouse.  Submit more details of the problems
which you are seeing.

------- Additional Comments From   10/26/99 17:23 -------

I ran a few tests on the machine and I now have a better idea what's

My computer doesn't have a PS/2 mouse port (AMD K6-300, motherboard
has intergraded sound and video).  On bootup, the linux kernel is
detecting a PS/2 mouse port.  During the install, the hardware
detection program (a python lib in this case), kudzu, thinks that the
computer has a PS/2 mouse.  Kudzu thinks that the $mouseDev is
"psaux", the $driver is "ignore" and the $description is "Generic PS/2
Mouse."  Needless to say kudzu and the kernel are both a little

As for selecting the correct mouse from the mouse config screen, I do
that and it doesn't magicly cause my mouse to start working.  It
should probably restart X with the new mouse settings, but that
doesn't happen.

I hope that helps.

Comment 2 Jay Turner 1999-12-01 16:07:59 EST
There are known bugs with the installer detecting PS/2 mice which are not
actually there because the installer is seeing a PS/2 port and just assuming
there is a mouse attached.  We are currently trying to come up with the best
solution for this problem.

As for making a change to your mouse and having the change take effect, you will
need to restart gpm as well as X to pick up the changes.

*** This bug has been marked as a duplicate of 6415 ***

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