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Re: Sudden instability: can a faulty mouse cause this?

On Wed, 15 Nov 2000, Johann Spies wrote:
> I have a ps/2 mouse which I have used without problems for about a
> year now.  Can a hardware problem on the mouse or the ps/2 port cause
> this?  How can I determine the cause?

Yes, a short-circuit in the mouse (or in any other peripherical, Keyboards
are notorious for doing this) may cause lock-ups and other problems (such as
memory errors). Also, a short-circuit somewhere else may be driving the
computer dangerously unstable, and moving the mouse is enough to push it
over the edge (but this is unlikely).

I assume you don't have a multimeter readly available to simply test the
ports and mouse.

Plug another mouse. If it works, the mouse is probably the culprit. Also,
removing GPM and telling X to use something else for a mouse should STILL
lock up your computer if the mouse is the real culprit, I guess.

  "One disk to rule them all, One disk to find them. One disk to bring
  them all and in the darkness grind them. In the Land of Redmond
  where the shadows lie." -- The Silicon Valley Tarot
  Henrique Holschuh

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