Bug 56483 - (PSAUX)mouse movement locks up console interface
Summary: (PSAUX)mouse movement locks up console interface
Alias: None
Product: Red Hat Linux
Classification: Retired
Component: kernel   
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Version: 7.2
Hardware: i586
OS: Linux
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Assignee: Arjan van de Ven
QA Contact: David Lawrence
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Reported: 2001-11-19 19:07 UTC by Need Real Name
Modified: 2008-08-01 16:22 UTC (History)
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Last Closed: 2004-09-30 15:39:17 UTC
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Description Need Real Name 2001-11-19 19:07:54 UTC
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Description of problem:
Plain vanilla full-wipe install of RH7.2 onto old Emachines Celeron 333Mhz,
IDE drive/cdrom, pci ethernet, cheapo 3d video on motherboard, etc.
Generic ps/2 keyboard + mouse, no USB or other devices connected.
System works fine if mouse is unplugged, not moved, or disabled by removing
/dev/mouse symlink (-> /dev/psaux).
Upon any mouse movement, the keyboard (console...? system...?) will lock
I filed this under GPM because you don't have a "mouse" or "console"

Unplugging mouse prevents problem. (no kidding!)
"rm /dev/mouse" prevents problem.
disabling gpm (using /etc/sysconfig/mouse) prevents console lockups, but X
locks up on first invocation, so this appears to be a mouse driver issue.
I had an old Mandrake (RH6.0) install on this system which worked 100%
fine; no other problems with the box.
When this problem first occurred, I swapped the emachines kb+m for
Dell-generic versions with no change, so it isn't caused by a bad mouse or

This problem is rather annoying- anybody have some suggestions for what I
can look into?

Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):

How reproducible:

Steps to Reproduce:
use emachines ps/2 mouse
wipe HD and install RH7.2
login in
move mouse
hit reset button in irritation

Actual Results:  console locks up if GPM enabled.
otherwise, X locks up.

Expected Results:  mouse should be useable, i.e. not lock up system, let me
point to interesting things on the screen, etc.	

Additional info:

perhaps this was caused by the leonid shower ;-)

Comment 1 Need Real Name 2001-12-07 01:49:04 UTC
This is a kernel "misc" driver bug mentioned in the kernel mailing list,
apparently related to the Intel pskbd/psaux chipset when USB enabled (i.e. IRQ
Confirmed as per kernel ML discussion that open of /dev/psaux causes lockup of
keyboard, closing /dev/psaux frees up the keyboard per this little shell script:

( echo "lockmeup"; sleep 20; echo freenow ) </dev/psaux

Perusal through source code reveals IRQ is reallocated when psaux device opened
and reverted when it's closed, i.e. the IRQ code is not handling a quirk of the
Intel chipset correctly.
Suggested solution (switch to serial mouse) is okay as workaround, but not a
great option for some platforms (i.e. laptops).


Comment 2 Bernhard Rosenkraenzer 2002-01-17 18:51:25 UTC
Assigning to kernel

Comment 3 Bugzilla owner 2004-09-30 15:39:17 UTC
Thanks for the bug report. However, Red Hat no longer maintains this version of
the product. Please upgrade to the latest version and open a new bug if the problem

The Fedora Legacy project (http://fedoralegacy.org/) maintains some older releases, 
and if you believe this bug is interesting to them, please report the problem in
the bug tracker at: http://bugzilla.fedora.us/

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