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x windows mouse setup (Slackware)

Posted on 1998-12-11
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I have a 3 button "Digital Edge" mouse and I am trying to set it up within XF86Config. The best working setup is using a Microsoft driver however this still has the problem that when testing it the buttons work the right to left and vice versa works but I cannot move the cursor up and down. It is a serial mouse on com port 1 there appears to be no interrupt problems with com 3 as on start up this is moved to IRQ 11. Any ideas would be gratefully received....
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by:swwelsh
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Is gpm running on the console?  Sometimes you have to disable gpm before your mouse will work right in X (gpm -k). Is there a slider switch on the bottom of the mouse? If so, you can usually switch it from MS to PC, use the mouse systems protocol, and get the use of the middle button (win95 won't like this setting, however)
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I am not running GPM server on the system and the mouse does not have a switch as it should automatically sence the driver and work with either MS or mouse systems drivers.
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by:kane7279
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Is the mouse running OK before you go into X?  I was having a problem with my mouse until I ran gpmconfig.  After that I had to set up the mouse under X.
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by:olvo
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There is a mouseconfig tool, so you don't need to run XFConfig. I always had problems trying to run GPM, X and a mouse in the serial port. Killing gpm helped.
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in the file /etc/rc.d/rc.local

you have to take off the parameter : -R

to share data in X mode and console mode, but its doesnt work.

its a bug of GPM, you can read about this : man gpm (BUGS session)


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