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configuring USB ports on docking station under Red Hat 9

I have a dual-boot Dell M60 on a docking station.  The laptop itself has 2 USB ports; the docking station has an additional 5.  My USB mouse will work only on the ports on the laptop itself, not those on the docking station.  (The mouse will work on the docking station when booted in XP.)  Although I've used linux for a number of years, I'm a newbie at setting up this type of stuff...  Where do I start to get these extra ports functional?  thanks
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wesly_chenCommented:
Hi,

   You need to talk with Dell technical support for the Linux driver of your docking station.
You have Windows driver of docking station installed so your XP can see the docking station.
But you need the Linux driver for docking station in order to use the USB port on docking station.

   As my experience, you might be out of luck since Dell doesn't provide the Linux driver for their docking station
so far.
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Karen_HoffmanAuthor Commented:
Under linux, the keyboard plugged into the docking station and the two flat panels are recognized; is USB such a different beast that it needs something else?  Or have I just been lucky that these other things work without a special driver?
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wesly_chenCommented:
It depends on the docking station.
Could you post the output of the following commands with/without docking station
lspci | grep -i usb
cat /proc/interrupts
dmesg | grep -i usb

So people here have more information about your Linux.
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Karen_HoffmanAuthor Commented:
Thanks for your patience with a newbie....  Here's the info:

lspci:
00:1d.0 USB Controller: Intel Corp. 82801DB USB (Hub #1) (rev 01)
00:1d.1 USB Controller: Intel Corp. 82801DB USB (Hub #2) (rev 01)
00:1d.2 USB Controller: Intel Corp. 82801DB USB (Hub #3) (rev 01)
00:1d.7 USB Controller: Intel Corp. 82801DB USB2 (rev 01)

interrupts:
           CPU0      
  0:      34711          XT-PIC  timer
  1:        256          XT-PIC  keyboard
  2:          0          XT-PIC  cascade
  8:          1          XT-PIC  rtc
 11:      21076          XT-PIC  usb-uhci, usb-uhci, usb-uhci, ehci-hcd, eth0, PCI device 104c:ac47 (Texas Instruments), PCI device 104c:ac4a (Texas Instruments), nvidia
 14:      12946          XT-PIC  ide0
 15:       1586          XT-PIC  ide1
NMI:          0
ERR:          0


dmesg:
usb.c: registered new driver usbdevfs
usb.c: registered new driver hub
usb-uhci.c: $Revision: 1.275 $ time 18:21:59 Oct  3 2003
usb-uhci.c: High bandwidth mode enabled
usb-uhci.c: USB UHCI at I/O 0xbf80, IRQ 11
usb-uhci.c: Detected 2 ports
usb.c: new USB bus registered, assigned bus number 1
hub.c: USB hub found
usb-uhci.c: USB UHCI at I/O 0xbf40, IRQ 11
usb-uhci.c: Detected 2 ports
usb.c: new USB bus registered, assigned bus number 2
hub.c: USB hub found
usb-uhci.c: USB UHCI at I/O 0xbf20, IRQ 11
usb-uhci.c: Detected 2 ports
usb.c: new USB bus registered, assigned bus number 3
hub.c: USB hub found
usb-uhci.c: v1.275:USB Universal Host Controller Interface driver
ehci-hcd 00:1d.7: Intel Corp. 82801DB USB2
usb.c: new USB bus registered, assigned bus number 4
ehci-hcd 00:1d.7: USB 2.0 enabled, EHCI 1.00, driver 2003-Jan-22
hub.c: USB hub found
usb.c: registered new driver hiddev
usb.c: registered new driver hid
hid-core.c: USB HID support drivers
hub.c: new USB device 00:1d.7-6, assigned address 2
hub.c: USB hub found
hub.c: new USB device 00:1d.1-2, assigned address 2
input0: USB HID v1.00 Mouse [1267:0210] on usb2:2.0
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wesly_chenCommented:
How about those commands' outputs when system is undocked?
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Karen_HoffmanAuthor Commented:
sorry....fingers getting ahead of me again.

While undocked:
lspci:
00:1d.0 USB Controller: Intel Corp. 82801DB USB (Hub #1) (rev 01)
00:1d.1 USB Controller: Intel Corp. 82801DB USB (Hub #2) (rev 01)
00:1d.2 USB Controller: Intel Corp. 82801DB USB (Hub #3) (rev 01)
00:1d.7 USB Controller: Intel Corp. 82801DB USB2 (rev 01)

interrupts:
           CPU0      
  0:      30085          XT-PIC  timer
  1:        190          XT-PIC  keyboard
  2:          0          XT-PIC  cascade
  8:          1          XT-PIC  rtc
 11:       4852          XT-PIC  usb-uhci, usb-uhci, usb-uhci, ehci-hcd, PCI device 104c:ac47 (Texas Instruments), PCI device 104c:ac4a (Texas Instruments), nvidia
 12:         29          XT-PIC  PS/2 Mouse
 14:      15800          XT-PIC  ide0
 15:       1026          XT-PIC  ide1
NMI:          0
ERR:          0


dmesg:
usb.c: registered new driver usbdevfs
usb.c: registered new driver hub
usb-uhci.c: $Revision: 1.275 $ time 18:21:59 Oct  3 2003
usb-uhci.c: High bandwidth mode enabled
usb-uhci.c: USB UHCI at I/O 0xbf80, IRQ 11
usb-uhci.c: Detected 2 ports
usb.c: new USB bus registered, assigned bus number 1
hub.c: USB hub found
usb-uhci.c: USB UHCI at I/O 0xbf40, IRQ 11
usb-uhci.c: Detected 2 ports
usb.c: new USB bus registered, assigned bus number 2
hub.c: USB hub found
usb-uhci.c: USB UHCI at I/O 0xbf20, IRQ 11
usb-uhci.c: Detected 2 ports
usb.c: new USB bus registered, assigned bus number 3
hub.c: USB hub found
usb-uhci.c: v1.275:USB Universal Host Controller Interface driver
ehci-hcd 00:1d.7: Intel Corp. 82801DB USB2
usb.c: new USB bus registered, assigned bus number 4
ehci-hcd 00:1d.7: USB 2.0 enabled, EHCI 1.00, driver 2003-Jan-22
hub.c: USB hub found
usb.c: registered new driver hiddev
usb.c: registered new driver hid
hid-core.c: USB HID support drivers
hub.c: new USB device 00:1d.1-2, assigned address 2
input0: USB HID v1.00 Mouse [1267:0210] on usb2:2.0
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wesly_chenCommented:
I don't see any difference between those outputs of commands.

> is USB such a different beast that it needs something else?
It could be.
It depends on the dcoking station design.
Most of docking station, PS/2 and VGA just a extension. But for USB, there are some special circuits to convert the USB ports
on docking station to the notebook since USB consume quite certain amount of power.
If you have USB mouse, then you can try it if it work or not.

Like my first post, most of Dell docking stations are not built with Linux in mind (not support Linux).
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