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I have two seperate boards running 6x86 cyrix 233's with 128 megs of ram- each will setup 98se fine-each has bios'es from 1998 and auto is setup on the pnp-the ps 2 irq is disabled on both -and yet they wont recognize the mouse stnrd serial-they both install the com port the mouse is connected to-often twice-once at start-then during hardware search-one had a scuzzi drive isa'ed with flopt enabled bios the other did not.I have installed both chipset drivers just stopping short of bios flash.On one board useing a three button mouse if the center button is held down and the mouse is not os installed the mouse will work-once the mouse is installed through hardware the button will no longer hold the irq.Any ideas?  
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by:rid
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Check the COM ports in BIOS - enabled and using standard values for I/O and IRQ. I think you need to have the IRQ for serial ports reserved for legacy devices to ensure proper function.

Verify that the mouse/mice are in working order.

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by:Litejohn
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Each bios has the ports on auto-I changed the assignment for the parel. port from irq7 to 5 and had the mouse one boot on one board and not at all on the other.
 Something I did notice with the graphics was that the bus master was irq with the display irq11-and the display instead of haveing the device number 0 was actually assigned a 5.
 I'm starting to lean towards the flash a little harder--I want to take a look at the s-3 bios on the card before I flash but thats a long shot.
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rid earned 100 total points
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Before flashing anything, resolve the IRQ situation.
Set COM ports to COM1 and COM2, using IRQ 4 and 3 respectively. Disable onboard USB, if present. Any internal modems present? Remove. If it is an option, reserve IRQ 3&4 for legacy devices.

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by:daluu
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Could it be a mouse driver problem since you are using Serial mice that may be really old? If so, try forcing recognition of the mouse by adding some lines that load the driver in autoexec.bat. That can happen sometimes, it did to me. See the EE PAQ below for more details:

http://www.experts-exchange.com/jsp/qShow.jsp?ta=win95&qid=10337497
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by:Scott Silva
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If they are mouse systems mice, they don't have any way to signal to the OS that they are there.
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The problem with one board was the device function number--the bios had assigned a function number to the display adapter and was useing the irq for com 2-takeing the auto set off and manually assigning the irq while it did'nt resolve the conflict did lead to finding the device assignment. Relaceing the s-3 resolved the device.
  The second board ran the ps/2 with the support disabled so the simple solution was to reinstall the chipset software and activate the ps-2 and for some reason this allowed the bus master to go ahead and route the com ports when they were reassigned to manual.Left the s-3 on this board.
  First time I've seen this-the bios was award v4.51 same year and sister boards. The boards were the upgrade flashable to 100 baby at's-586 pnp bios.Thanks rid your adivice saved a lot of work. The points are yours.
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by:rid
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Glad I could help!
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by:drcspy
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if it wont recognize the mouse.........remove all com ports in device manager (do this in safe mode).......then when you restart it should reinstall them and be ok.....
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Hmm, the author suggested that the points should be awarded to me. I'm not totally convinced this is fair, but it might be one way to go.

Cheers
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Since this user hasn't answered his other asked question, he probably doesn't care or had no intention of awarding points to anyone. I think he should be flogged, and then drawn and quartered.
His points can go with him. He probably won't get too many answers in the future.

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