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Re: Is this normal with USB mice?

> I found this in the log (first X start without USB mouse plugged in)
> (EE) xf86OpenSerial: Cannot open device /dev/input/mice
> No such device.
> (EE) USB Mice: cannot open input device
> (EE) PreInit failed for input device "USB Mice"
> (II) UnloadModule: "mouse"
> (II) XINPUT: Adding extended input device "Configured Mouse" (type: MOUSE)

I just moved to the East Coast and had to break down my home network before 
leaving so I could take one system with me.  I'd had the USB mouse attached 
to a KVM using a PS/2 adapter, so Debian was configured to use the mouse as 

When I got to VA, I set up the box and X wouldn't start at ALL.  I hashed thru 
a few websites to research the problem but still couldn't get it started 
until one website mentioned checking the kernel to make sure "HID" was 
enabled under "USB devices."  I checked and it was set as a module and I saw 
what module to use (hid.o).  I'd already had the usbmouse module loaded and 
when I loaded "hid" (insmod hid), then did "cat /dev/input/mice" and move the 
mouse around, I knew I had the USB mouse working.  I started X, and sure 
enough, it was working.

I dunno if this'll work for you or not, but give it a shot...it shouldn't 

R. Sinclair

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