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Re: KDE through a KVM Switch

On Thu, May 01, 2003 at 02:03:40PM -0400, Jim Mahood wrote:
> I have the same exact setup, and the same exact problem.  I think it's 
> actually XFree86 that's having the trouble.  It only happens to me if I move 
> the mouse around right after switching the KVM to the linux machine (i.e., 
> while it's coming up on the screen).  If I wait it's fine.  If it does go 
> haywire on me, I just switch to another getty, then back to 7 and it's fine 
> again.  See if that helps you.  When the problem happens, hit Ctrl-Alt-F1, 
> wait for the new screen to come up, then hit Ctrl-Alt-F7 to get back to your 
> KDE session.  Make sure you don't move the mouse until everything's back up 
> on your screen.

This sounds similiar to the same problem you sometimes run into when
using gpm and X on the same box without gpm repeater enabled. You might
be able to get around the issue by using input subsystem, and then just
using /dev/input/mice, but on 2.4 that only works for usb mice, on 2.5 it
works for all mice (aiui). With gpm/X without repeater it usually would
crash Xfree though, not just do odd things with the pointer.  And the
easiest way to avoid the problem is as you say don't move the mouse
until the switch over is completed.


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