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How to setup mouse instead touchpad in Linux

I have a notebook, with touchpad, and an external mouse, connected over PS/2, or USB.
When I have installed Linux (Mandriva), only the  touchpad is working well, mouse not.
So, my question is, how to do configuration  in order to mouse works as well??

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nociSoftware EngineerCommented:
In your XFree86.conf or xorg.conf (/etc/X11) use the device
/dev/input/mice in stead of /dev/input/mouse0 or the likes.

/dev/input/mice is all mice connected in a system thrown together.

Then they both/all work.
hatinaAuthor Commented:
I am affraid, I have tried, but it has not worked either :(

nociSoftware EngineerCommented:
If you plug in the usb mouse is it recognized (lsusb),
does an extra /dev/input/mouseX get created?

You might need extra kernel drivers loaded before it  works
(should be autoloading though)

what does lsusb show?
what does dmesg show after plugging a usb device
what does ls -l /dev/input show?

any error messages from udev/devfs daemons?

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