Problems with installing Debian 4 R1
Some weeks ago I installed Debian 4 R1 and had the following problems.
1. Mouse (Genius Netscroll 100) was extremely jerky
2. eth0 was used during installation but unusable after reboot, eth1 was
never touched during installation but was reconfigured as the default
interface on first reboot.
3. No sound
I tried to solve 1, tried to find a list of all mouse settings in
xorg.conf, found nothing, copied what I could find from the reconfigure
script, tried those I could find and finally solved the problem by
attaching an old serial mouse |-(((
Q1a. Searching for several day, even accessing xorgs pages didn't yield
a full list of possible settings. Where can I find it? How can I find
out how to find it?
So plainly: Is the a COMPLETE list of ALL possible entries for xorg.conf
with human readable explanations (i.e., nothing like bla=blubber : sets
bla to blubber,
but rather sets bla which is ..... to blubber which means ....)
Q1b. Is it possible at all to use a Genius netscroll 100 PS/2 optical
mouse with a Debian based Linux.
I tried Knoppix 4.x : jerky mouse, Knoppix 5.x no mouse at all, Debian 4
R1 :jerky mouse, Puppy Linux : no mouse at all.
A friendly soul here told me my problems might be related to zeroconf /
avahi. Browsing through all my newer books yielded exactly nothing,
except for Kofler (8th printing). Kofler simply says that he doesn't
like it, it's too much of a hassle and configuring stuff the old way
(maually via the config file in /etc) was MUCH faster.
This means for me, get rid of it. So I tried apt-get remove avahi* and
received over 5 pages with programs to be removed. I think cd / ; rm -rf
* or mkfs would be faster.
Synaptic also wants to remove all of KDE, gnome etc.
Q2a Can I use Debian without avahi and still use KDE or another X
desktop / window manager.
Starting / Logging into KDE triggers a friendly greeting telling me that
/dev/dsp is not available.
After looking through all kinds of stuff I finally installed ALL alsa
stuff (which also seems to depend on avahi. (at least apt-get remove
avahi* also lists lots of avahi stuff). Next I ran alsaconf returrned to
KDE, did sound configuration there and had sound - halelujah. PTL, etc.
Alas, after the next reboot everything was gone. So alsaconf again, KDE
sound config again, sound is there again, until I reboot.
Alsaconf tells me something about writing to / adding lines to the
modules configuration, but it looks like it was in a funny mood.
Is there a way to do it manually (read it there a full description of
all files needed for alsa, a complete list all possible entries with