[K12OSN] Fedora 1 - doesn't like PS/2 mouse after update

David Beach mail at beachmail.ca
Tue May 25 22:08:07 UTC 2004

On Tue, 2004-05-25 at 17:07, David Beach wrote:
>> I have an old IBM PS/2 mouse and all worked well - I rebooted and moused
>> around a bit and all seemed OK. (the PS/2 mouse worked just fine after the
>> initial install so I presume this is not a hardware issue.) So I decided to
>> retrieve the updates. I got the kernel and I think some of the other
>> updates. Eventually got the lot loaded. BUT, when it boots (now with either
>> the old or new kernel) the machine chokes and won't run X. Says it has a
>> problem with the mouse. It pops up a clunky window that lets me choose the
>> mouse again. Again, I choose 2 buttun generic PS/2 mouse. Again, it doesn't
>> work! I eventually end up at the command line.
>> When I plug in another mouse on USB, it works OK. If I use the Mouse panel
>> and reset to PS/2, the computer refuses to recognize the PS/2 mouse even
>> after reboot. So, I could just always use a USB mouse but I'm annoyed the
>> PS/2 worked, then didn't. And I have lots of old PS/2 mice but only one USB!
>> OK, you bright beans: Why does the computer refuse to work with the PS/2
>> mouse? Is there some little file or folder where I can peek to set this
>> right?
>Do you have one or two sections for pointer device in
>/etc/X11/XF86Config? Can you send listing? Most likely this is the
>problem file.
>Sudev Barar
>Learning Linux

OK, maybe you can figure this out. I configured it for the PS/2 mouse first
then, when the system choked, I reconfigured it for USB - and it works. The
file as it stands is what is currently there - with the USB mouse plugged



# XFree86 4 configuration created by pyxf86config

Section "ServerLayout"
    Identifier     "Default Layout"
    Screen      0  "Screen0" 0 0
    InputDevice    "Mouse0" "CorePointer"
    InputDevice    "Keyboard0" "CoreKeyboard"
    InputDevice    "DevInputMice" "AlwaysCore"

Section "Files"

# RgbPath is the location of the RGB database.  Note, this is the name
of the 
# file minus the extension (like ".txt" or ".db").  There is normally
# no need to change the default.
# Multiple FontPath entries are allowed (they are concatenated together)
# By default, Red Hat 6.0 and later now use a font server independent of
# the X server to render fonts.
    RgbPath      "/usr/X11R6/lib/X11/rgb"
    FontPath     "unix/:7100"

Section "Module"
    Load  "dbe"
    Load  "extmod"
    Load  "fbdevhw"
    Load  "glx"
    Load  "record"
    Load  "freetype"
    Load  "type1"
    Load  "dri"

Section "InputDevice"

# Specify which keyboard LEDs can be user-controlled (eg, with xset(1))
#    Option    "Xleds"        "1 2 3"
# To disable the XKEYBOARD extension, uncomment XkbDisable.
#    Option    "XkbDisable"
# To customise the XKB settings to suit your keyboard, modify the
# lines below (which are the defaults).  For example, for a non-U.S.
# keyboard, you will probably want to use:
#    Option    "XkbModel"    "pc102"
# If you have a US Microsoft Natural keyboard, you can use:
#    Option    "XkbModel"    "microsoft"
# Then to change the language, change the Layout setting.
# For example, a german layout can be obtained with:
#    Option    "XkbLayout"    "de"
# or:
#    Option    "XkbLayout"    "de"
#    Option    "XkbVariant"    "nodeadkeys"
# If you'd like to switch the positions of your capslock and
# control keys, use:
#    Option    "XkbOptions"    "ctrl:swapcaps"
# Or if you just want both to be control, use:
#    Option    "XkbOptions"    "ctrl:nocaps"
    Identifier  "Keyboard0"
    Driver      "keyboard"
    Option        "XkbRules" "xfree86"
    Option        "XkbModel" "pc105"
    Option        "XkbLayout" "us"

Section "InputDevice"
    Identifier  "Mouse0"
    Driver      "mouse"
    Option        "Protocol" "IMPS/2"
    Option        "Device" "/dev/input/mice"
    Option        "ZAxisMapping" "4 5"
    Option        "Emulate3Buttons" "no"

Section "InputDevice"

# If the normal CorePointer mouse is not a USB mouse then
# this input device can be used in AlwaysCore mode to let you
# also use USB mice at the same time.
    Identifier  "DevInputMice"
    Driver      "mouse"
    Option        "Protocol" "IMPS/2"
    Option        "Device" "/dev/input/mice"
    Option        "ZAxisMapping" "4 5"
    Option        "Emulate3Buttons" "no"

Section "Monitor"
    Identifier   "Monitor0"
    VendorName   "Monitor Vendor"
    ModelName    "Monitor 800x600"
    HorizSync    31.5 - 35.1
    VertRefresh  50.0 - 61.0
    Option        "dpms"

Section "Device"
    Identifier  "Videocard0"
    Driver      "sis"
    VendorName  "Videocard vendor"
    BoardName   "SiS 650"

Section "Screen"
    Identifier "Screen0"
    Device     "Videocard0"
    Monitor    "Monitor0"
    DefaultDepth     24
    SubSection "Display"
        Depth     24
        Modes    "800x600" "640x480"

Section "DRI"
    Group        0
    Mode         0666

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