Bug#257302: xfree86: general complaint about XFree86 on Dell LatitudeD400
Brice Goglin wrote:
About 3 years ago, you reported a bug to the Debian BTS regarding
general problems with XFree86 on a Dell Latitude D400.
Do you still have problems running X on this laptop? If not, I will
close this bug in the next weeks.
ît remains a pita.
I dunno exactly what was wrong then, it still doesn't do what I'd expect
Sarge, at least, still requires the installation of the 855wrap;
otherwise it will just get completely frozen with a greenish screen.
No need to file a report, since everyone knows. Call it a show-stopper
for Aunt Tilly.
I do understand that the developers / maintainers refuse to add that
ugly hack that is underlying that wrapper. But then, at least, they
ought to add a 'detector' and inform the user / booter that something
won't work and stop; instead of leaving the machine full stuck with that
Whenever I boot, whichever distro, the mouse will be detected properly,
at /dev/input/mice (for the built-in touchpad as well as USB).
Only on Debian I still get it at /dev/mouse (or similar), and it will
fail to 'startx'. Even a server edition like OpenBSD did that correctly
years ago on the same machine.
Up to you to close it, I guess, but it remains crap.
Thanks for asking; and keep the good work up, :)