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I am very new to Linux. I recently purchased and, by myself, installed SUSE 9.0 personal edition on my P4 XP Pro machine and had dual boot capability. Since then ...
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    Mouse no longer moves cursor


    I am very new to Linux. I recently purchased and, by myself, installed SUSE 9.0 personal edition on my P4 XP Pro machine and had dual boot capability.

    Since then my PS2 mouse port has been damaged. I replaced that one with a USB mouse. The USB mouse works fine under XP but if I boot to Linux the mouse no longer has any effect.

    I would really like to recover mouse awareness and my Linux but I am clueless what I might do. I have no Linux user acquaintences and could really use some help.

    Can anyone offer suggestions? It would be very appreciated. Thanks!

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    x mouse!

    hey hey, SuSE, being what it is, probably has a frontend for x config, but if not, you can run the "xf86config" command at the terminal and reconfigure x. The problem is it is looking for a ps2 mouse, and you went all usb on it, and it is all "woah man, slow down" so you need to just tell it what the deal is.

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    read the following page, it explains what to do :-
    http://<br /> <a href="http://www.l...html</a><br />

    have fun
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    Use Suse 10.1 and occasionally play with Kubuntu
    Also have Windows 98SE and BeOS

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    I will attempt Nerderello's link's direction

    Thank you for the link. I sincerely appreciate your taking the time and effort to help me.

    I will attempt to do whatever it is the article is trying to communicatre but, my God, I'm a beginner not a Linux engineer. Please wish me copious amouts of luck.

    Thank you again!

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    do it a step at a time.

    Find out what you have in your own XF86Config by :-
    Code:
    Pressing Ctrl Alt F1    to get a text console
    Then logon as root
    Then enter 
    cat /etc/X11/XF86Config
    This will display the contents of that config file

    If the bit you want shoots off the top of the screen then either
    Code:
    Press Shift and Page Up
    or
    Enter
    cat /etc/X11/XF86Config | more
    You can always try sidestepping this and see if -

    try the following to configure your /etc/X11/XF86Config file (as root) :-
    Code:
    XFree86 -configure
    the screen will blank and, hopefully, come back, having created a file called /root/XF86Config.new . Now test this config file out by :-
    Code:
    XFree86 -xf86config /root/XF86Config.new
    If you get the raw X screen (grey cross hatched screen with an X as a mouse coursor) then you have a working config file that just needs copying to /etx/X11/XF86Config (use the "cp" command). First cancel out of the raw X screen by Ctrl Alt BackSpace (not Del) and the do the copy. Then either reboot or type "startx" and with luck you'll have gdm or kdm to logon with.

    If not, have a look in /var/log/XFree86.0.log (use "cat" or "tail" command) to see if it gives any helpful messages.


    have fun

    Nerderello

    Use Suse 10.1 and occasionally play with Kubuntu
    Also have Windows 98SE and BeOS

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    Thanks again to Nerderello

    I really appreciate your kind assistance.

    I printed your instructions and will be able to dig into my machine tomorrow night. This provides tangible hope!

    Once again, thank you!

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    the reason that I also gave you the XFree86 command stuff, is that it should reconfigure your mouse for you, at the same time as sorting out what keyboard and what graphics card/monitor you have.

    have fun

    Nerderello

    Use Suse 10.1 and occasionally play with Kubuntu
    Also have Windows 98SE and BeOS

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    My USB Mouse - Success

    Thank you Nerderello. My USB mouse is now recognized.

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