Bug#473364: installation-report: some install glitches (grub2, tasksel, serial mouse)
On Sunday 30 March 2008, Paul Wise wrote:
> Thirdly my mouse is a serial mouse and there didn't seem to be any
> obvious way to use it. The computer has a PS2 mouse port, but I don't
> have a PS2 mouse for this computer. It is on /dev/ttyS1 rather than S0
> due to the positions of cables, usb sockets and stuff.
For the installation a serial mouse can probably be made working. Please try
- boot the installer with installgui BOOT_DEBUG=3
- in the debug shell, edit /etc/directfbrc and add the following line:
with <device> being the serial port your mouse is connected to
- exit the debug shell (twice) to start the installer
It's also possible to specify a different mouse protocol if needed. See the
directfbrc manpage  for details.
If that works, we can add it as a boot parameter for the installer.
IMO the fact that it's no longer possible to configure X.Org to use a serial
mouse is a bug that should be reported there (at least, if it really is not
If they'd add a debconf question for it, we could probably preseed it using
the value passed as a boot parameter to the installer.