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Re: Beige G3 and USB Mouse

On Sat, Dec 15, 2001 at 11:00:48AM -0500, mike wrote:
> Greetings,
> I understand I have 2 options, BootX and quik. I prefer BootX, since it
> doesn't muck with my firmware (Forth is scary stuff), provides me with a
> graphical prompt, allows me to pick a kernel quickly, and allows me to
> easily do a worry-free triple boot into OS 9, OS X, and Debian (granted I
> really only _need_ OS 9). Is there any major advantage to using quik over
> BootX, and will it help at all with question 2?...

No, stick with bootX.
> Question 2:
> Short version: How do I get a USB IntelliMouse Optical working with Debian
> on a Beige G3? (see long version for what I've tried)

The X server handles the mouse (and infact all hardware) independently
of the way the console handles it. gpm is intended to make the mouse
available in console mode, but only a few console applications can
grok it. What results are you expecting?

In other words, if you really are interested in using the mouse in X
applications, there's no need to muck around with gpm. In the most
recent revision changelog to the X packages, Branden says
(paraphrasing) if you insist on using gpm, you're on your own getting
the mouse to work in X. That's because gpm imterrupts X's access to
the hardware (as understand it).

For X, you need to set the mouse configuration to
/dev/input/mice. Don't add any nodes, etc. But definitely get the
latest version of X, like 4.1.0 something, it has much better support
of X for powerpc.

There are reams of information available on how to configure X, and
particular mice. Have you checked /usr/share/doc/HOWTO/en-txt and
.../HOWTO/en-txt/mini? How about /usr/share/doc/xserver-xfree86?

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|                   May the Source be with you                   |

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