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RE: mouse


Thank you for the pointers on my mouse dilemma. I am currently at work, and
the machine is at home. I will give it a whirl ASAP.

I just built the box Saturday with new and spare parts and wanted to check
debian out, but can't get around without the mouse.

Is icew part of the debian install or is it from off the web? I would like
to look at it if you recommend it. I prefer programs that are less dependent
on a mouse. Hotkeys are so much faster.



-----Original Message-----
From: Kent West [mailto:westk@acu.edu]
Sent: Monday, October 20, 2003 12:45 PM
To: debian-user@lists.debian.org
Subject: Re: mouse

Marlin Unruh wrote:

>I just installed debian 3.0r1 and the mouse will not work. I have a serial
>track ball with a PS/2 adapter, and have it plugged into the PS/2 port. The
>track ball is a Kensington Expert Mouse.
>Do I need to edit /etc/X11/XF86Config-4 file? If so what should I try for
>the settings?
>Is there a utility that would help configure the mouse.
>How do you open the menu without the mouse working, with hot keys?

First, decide if you want the mouse to work in both X (the GUI system)
and in the text-only (VT - Virtual Terminal) console, or if you just
want it in X.

If both:
    install/configure gpm
       protocol= probably ps2, but you may need to experiment
       repeat type=raw
    apt-get reconfigure xserver-xfree86
       protocol=same as what you set above (or see /etc/gpm.conf)

If just X,
    apt-get reconfigure xserver-xfree86
       protocol=probably ps2, but you may need to experiment

To get to where you can run these apps, shell out to a VT (Ctrl-Alt-F2
should do it). You'll want to stop your session manager (assuming you
have one, like kdm or gdm - /etc/init.d/kdm stop); and restart it after
making these changes (/etc/init.d/kdm start).

Now your mouse hopefully works.


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