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When I try to get XF86 started by typing startx I get the following error message: cannot open mouse(Too many symbolic links encountered) I get a similar message when Linux boots, yet this one reads: gpm: /dev/mouse : Too many sybolic links encountered.  I have an IBM ThinkPad 365ED which has a PS/2 muse I believe. I think I may have listed the mouse as a Microsoft mouse when I installed it, but am not sure. Any suggestions? I cannot acess the /dev/mouse directory or file. Help?
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Login as root and do

rm /dev/mouse
ln -s /dev/psaux /dev/mouse

for a PS/2 mouse, or

ln -s /dev/ttyS1 /dev/mouse

for a serial mouse on COM2.

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When I link /dev/psaux to /dev/mouse, I am able to run startx. Wew! The problem occurs the next time I try to run startx, it does not work. I get the following error message, even though it was working minutes earlier:

Fatal server error: Cannot open mouse(Device or resource busy)

xinit: no such file or directory(errno 2): unexpected signal 13

  If I remove the link and start all over again, it will work again sometimes, other times it will not. What is wrong with a system that seems to be working so well sometimes, and can't even find xinit other times?
  One more question...once I get this running, is there anyway to setup accounts so that when the root or user logs in, that it will run XF86 right away. In other words, is there any way always to have the pretty windows GUI? I noticed there is not a .login file like there is in Unix, but is there and equivilant? Thanks...

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