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I now have four distros on my hard drive. One of them is Debian Wheezy, and it's probably the one I use most often. But often, when I boot it, ...
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- 01-12-2014 #1
Why does Debian (and only Debian!) sometimes fail to see my mouse?
The strange thing is that it only happens in Debian. Of course all my distros have different kernels, but Debian is neither the oldest nor the youngest of them. It is however the only stock kernel and it's enormous. My other three systems all have hand-rolled minimalist kernels, and they none of them have any problem detecting the mouse.
Can anyone explain this?
- 01-12-2014 #2
Maybe A kernel log error in /var or a dmseg | tail when you replug in your external mouse might shed some light Hazel.
Just a Bike mechanics country boy guess.
Me. I have my own issues with IRQ conflicts between aftermarket external power supplies disabling my netbook touchpads and having to use a external usb mouse while charging the netbooks. It is not distro specific or Linux specific. It seems to be a hardware issue instead.
- 01-12-2014 #3
Thinking back to old DOS days (did I date myself saying that) sometimes things like this could be remedied by changing the order devices drivers loading. Our kludge back then was to change the name of a driver to change when it was loaded since they were loaded in alphabetical order.
- 01-23-2014 #4
As I said above, fiddling with the cable does not cause the mouse to be detected immediately but only on the next boot. Today I had the same problem, but this time I tried taking the cable out completely and then plugging it in again. That worked: dmesg immediately reported detecting a mouse and xorg then picked it up as normal. Hardware's a funny thing!