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I'm running a stripped down version of Mepis Linux ( based on Ubuntu / Debian ). KDE is no longer installed. How can I change the mouse sensitivity? Thanks.
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If you are using a console only, then you need to use gpm (-s for sensitivity). If using X windows, then you need the:

Option      "Resolution"      "N"

where N is the sensitivity. For more information:

http://www.xfree86.org/current/mouse5.html

You can edit the xorg.conf or XF86Config file directly, but you need to restart the XServer for new settings to take effect. Be careful in that their are often more than 1 mouse pointer definition, with the 'active' one being identified somewhere near the top of the config file.

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gpm isn't installed on my system, but I'm exclusively using x-windows, so I tried your later suggestion. However, adding the Option "Resolution" n line to my xorg.conf didn't seem to change anything. Any further ideas? Here's the relevant section of my conf file:

Section "InputDevice"
        Identifier      "Configured Mouse"
        Driver          "mouse"
        Option          "CorePointer"
        Option          "Device"                "/dev/input/mice"
        Option          "Protocol"              "ExplorerPS/2"
        Option          "ZAxisMapping"          "4 5"
        Option          "Resolution"            "1"
EndSection


Thank you.
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Running "xset m 6/5 0" worked.
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For future ref - it's worth mentioning that you have xorg rather than XFree...because, as you have discovered, the directive names are slightly different.

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