On Sat, May 26, 2007 at 02:29:46AM +0300, Micha Feigin wrote: > I am installing linux on a thinkpad t31. Most things work, but I think that the > mouse is setup wrong since after playing with the mouse (it's the red point in > the middle of the keyboard, not sure what it's called) for a few seconds to > minutes (not consistent) it suddenly goes crazy opening windows, pressing > buttons and flying all over the place. To release it I need to let go of the > mouse for a couple of seconds and then it goes back to normal until the next > time. I think it's called a "trackpoint" officially. Unofficial names like "nipple", "clit" are not unheard of either :-) I suffered that on my old Dell too - although it would not actually "click", just run off into a random corner/edge and refuse to come out. USB mice worked flawlessly, but since the mouse pointer would be affected by the *sum* of mouse movements, I had to compensate by weird (and fast) USB mouse gymnastics (which can make others doubt your sanity, but that's a different issue). Sometimes this would go on for minutes, sometime for seconds. But only when I was using they keyboard. Although I managed to reconfigure the mouse driver to ignore the nipple, things still weren't right: the nipple would "hog" the PS/2 connection whenever it went on the run and thus prevent my touchpad from working reliably. Symptoms: "Jumpy" mouse pointer when using the touchpad, but USB mice worked flawlessly. This turned out to be a hardware problem: The nipple sensor mechanism was hypersensitive to God-Knows-What. I suspect that moisture or old age finally took its toll. My solution was to disassemble the laptop and physically disconnecting the wire running to it... > I tried setting the protocol to ImPS/2 and auto which behave the same and to > GlidePoint which doesn't function at all. device is /dev/input/mice Does USB mice work? -- Karl E. Jorgensen firstname.lastname@example.org http://www.jorgensen.org.uk/ email@example.com http://karl.jorgensen.com ==== Today's fortune: It is often the case that the man who can't tell a lie thinks he is the best judge of one. -- Mark Twain, "Pudd'nhead Wilson's Calendar"
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