Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 8677
Mouse-movement takes linux down in console and startX hangs,
Last modified: 2008-05-01 11:37:54 EDT
My installation of Linux RedHat 6.0 (on a Compaq Presario 5676) has severe
problems with mouse-movements. I first discovered the problem in X-windows
(with Gnome) which would nicely display taskbar and Gnome-help, warn about
be logged in as root - but that's all. No further action is possible, the
pointer don't move, and no keys seems to work (neither ctrl-alt-backspace
I've looked everywhere, checked mouseconfig (generic PS/2, with 3-buttons
emulation), ls -las /dev/mouse -> /dev/psaux.
I've tried `gpm stop' and `gpm start' before X, even `gmp -K' no
difference. All configfiles seems to state PS/2-mouse.
Furthermore, in mouseconfig, i turned the mouse to check type (Logitech M-
S48) which promptly took linux down.
As a last resort i downloaded the stuff from updates/6.0/i386 installed
kernel to 2.2.5-22 and updated the rest - no luck.
The funny thing is that my Windows 98 works perfectly (well mouse only,
naturally ;-). But my Windows NT installation cannot initialize the mouse -
it don't crash, so i can live with that.
Does that point to some hardware problem? The mouse or the port?
I can supply further information as long as no Xwindows stuff are required.
Exactly what kind of mouse do you have?
The topside states COMPAQ and the bottom Logitech Model M-S48 plus various
ID's, PAT's and PIN's. It's connect through the PS/2-port, which also is
detected at boot.
Since i reported the error i've tried to disable some services (NFS, and the
one giving mouse-support in mc and others) but, alas, no change.
I've seen some advice to change protocol, `kickstart' mouseconfig before X or
try XFRee 3.3.6.
I've found some references that states that some M-S48 mice are OEM version
even without `OEM' labeled on the mouse. Could my mouse, which were bundled
with the computer be an OEM-version?
These numbers are found on the label.
Assy P/N 334684-001
Spares P/N 334689-001
None of my previous tries have made me wiser...
I've tried selecting `no mouse' - but X failes to start (cannot find mouse)
New user and fresh config - hangs anyway
Changed sysconfig/mouse (IMPS/2) - hangs anyway
Changed X11/XFConfig (IMPS/2) - hangs anyway
Tried to enter standby mode (through button on the front) after re-igniting
(!?) the screensaver started - but no input are received...
Further experiments proves that linux is up-and-running. Simply initiating a
delayed shutdown in one terminal and starting X in another; X starts up, opens
my home-folder and some Gnome-windows - but that's all. No keyboard or mouse
activity reach the X server. The shutdown comes into action and brings the
system to a halt. A nicer scheme would include a crontab entry, which should
`killall enlightenment' and other processes startet, this works allright too
and after a sudden exit from X the keyboard functions again.
I tried to connect a cordless logitech mouseman pro to the PS/2 port - but that
seemed to make things worse. After logging in the light on the receiver
flickers and then disables the keyboard (or takes linux down).
Somehow there are similarities to bug 3678 - but i never get keyboard nor mouse
I'll try some other mice today - to see if that makes a difference.
I have mostly the same problem , even a little worse.
I have installed a handfull of time Linux RH 7.1 on a P133. While setting up
the OS, mouse and keyboard worked perfectly well, even Xtest gave me good
results but I could not log in with the graphical interface since no imput
device was responding.
I started a process of trials and errors until I found that the system worked
with the X server only and even with "some" gnome on. Than I had installed a
bunch of gnome applications and the problem came back. Worse than that even
moving mouse on console caused my pc to hang.
I have disabled gpm to make some more trial and error and I came with some more
problem. Mousconfig doesn't work well, it gives me a parse error on the line 5
wich is DEVICE=/dev/mouse. The strange thig is that if I delete that line and
configure the mouse the same line come back again.
I'm getting really mad about that since I have installed RH7.1 on other
machines with no such problem, and I'm no close to solve it.
I don't really want to reinstall the whole thing again knowing it will not
solve the problem.
There must be some something wrong in mouseconfig but I can't tell what.
Hi, I have the same problem.
I have installed Linux RH 7.3 on a Siemens ProD5 P166 with 256 Ram.
While setting up the OS, mouse (MSIntelliMouse or other Mouse i try a lot
of...) and keyboard worked perfectly well, even Xtest gave me good
results but I could not log in with the graphical interface since no input
device was responding.
My experience with Linux is stopped here.....
This bug is so old and encompasses so many different pieces of software (such as
enlightenment, which we don't even ship anymore) that I think it is impossible
to address this report in a meaningful way. I'm going to close it as
'worksforme'. If anyone is still having mouse problems, please open a new bug
report against our new mouse tool (redhat-config-mouse).