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I can not get my Microsoft Busmouse to work with X.  Someone said to recompile the kernel, which I also can't do.

I've tried most configurations in XFconfig, and it will not open the device for mouse.

When I tried to recompile the kernel, it said it wouldn't because there was no rule (I need a makefile???)

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Hmm.  Yes, to use a bus mouse on your system, you must recompile your kernel to include the driver which supports that bus mouse.  X won't know how to talk to your mouse until the operating system does.

Here are a few things to check that might help you  in compiling your kernel:

  o  Do you have the kernel source code unpacked      in /usr/src/linux?
  o  Do you have the C compiler and other
     development tools?  (D package for Slackware
     users, I'm not sure what it is for anyone
     else)
  o  When you asked it to "make", were you *in*
     /usr/src/linux?

and most likely...

  o  Had you asked it to "make config" and "make
     depends" yet?

Read the README file that comes with the kernel source, especially the section on "CONFIGURING the kernel", for more detailed help.

Good luck.
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