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SuSE 10.1 GUI won't accept keyboard / mouse

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I've got a strange problem with SuSE 10.1:

The battlefield:
Fresh installed machine with SuSE 10.1 (no questions about the version, there are good reasons to use exactly THAT one). KDE Desktop. Configured a user, activated VNC and  TELNET access and installed access to a network printer (HP JetDirect connecting a HP Color Laserjet 5500). And set up the screen resolution.

The Problem:
After booting the machine, the GUI login screen comes up, but it won't accept any keyboard input or mouse actions. However, switching to the console sessions tty1 ... tty6  with CTRL-ALT-F1 ... CTRL-ALT-F6 and back with CTRL-ALT-F7 works well, and the console sessions work flawless. Interestingly, when I connect to the machine form another one with VNC, I get the GUI login screen - and it is willing to accept both mouse and keyboard input.

What's wrong ?
How to fix it ?
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This Version of SUSE probably still uses an Xorg.conf file in which the keyboard and mouse may not be setup correctly or missing. As far as I know you should be able to recreate that file using Sax or Sax2, which you should be able to run from the terminal. Otherwise checkout Yast, There should be a setting somewhere there where you can setup keyboards and mice.
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Thanks - pointed me in the right direction. After reading [b]man sax2[/b] twice, i ran [b]sax2 -r[/b] and reselected the desired screen resolution settings (because the previous selected ones were gone due to the [b]-r[/b])

I don't know what exactly caused the problem, but it was gone afterwards :)
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