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I have a GE WK 1805 optical mouse. Problem is Mepis Linux does not recognize it so for now I'm using my el-cheepo ball mouse. What can I do to ...
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    I can't get my optical mouse to work on Mepis Linux


    I have a GE WK 1805 optical mouse. Problem is Mepis Linux does not recognize it so for now I'm using my el-cheepo ball mouse. What can I do to make my optical mouse work? I'm using mepis 6.0.

    I am fairly new to Linux. Uh oh!!!

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    Can you post the contents of your /etc/X11/xorg.conf please? Specifically the section that deals with your mouse. This is most likely called "Generic Mouse"

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    Quote Originally Posted by bigtomrodney
    Can you post the contents of your /etc/X11/xorg.conf please? Specifically the section that deals with your mouse. This is most likely called "Generic Mouse"
    Here is the entire contents to xorg.conf located in /etc/x11. The optical mouse in question is a ps2.

    Section "ServerLayout"
    Identifier "XFree86 Configured"
    #Screen 0 "Screen0" 0 0
    Screen 0 "ATIScreen" 0 0
    InputDevice "Keyboard0" "CoreKeyboard"
    InputDevice "PS/2 Mouse" "CorePointer"
    #InputDevice "USB Mouse" "CorePointer"
    #InputDevice "Touchpad" "CorePointer"
    #InputDevice "Stylus" "CorePointer"
    #InputDevice "Eraser" "CorePointer"
    #InputDevice "Cursor" "CorePointer"
    #InputDevice "Serial Mouse" "CorePointer"
    EndSection

    Section "ServerFlags"
    Option "AllowMouseOpenFail" "true"
    EndSection

    Section "Files"
    # Xorg 7.0 font paths
    FontPath "/usr/share/X11/fonts/misc:unscaled"
    FontPath "/usr/share/X11/fonts/cyrillic"
    FontPath "/usr/share/X11/fonts/Type1"
    FontPath "/usr/share/X11/fonts/util"

    # Legacy font paths
    FontPath "/usr/X11R6/lib/X11/fonts/misc:unscaled"
    FontPath "/usr/X11R6/lib/X11/fonts/cyrillic"
    FontPath "/usr/X11R6/lib/X11/fonts/Type1"
    FontPath "/usr/X11R6/lib/X11/fonts/util"

    # Other font paths
    FontPath "/usr/share/fonts/truetype/ttf-lucida"
    FontPath "/usr/share/fonts/truetype/arphic"
    FontPath "/usr/share/fonts/truetype/freefont"
    FontPath "/usr/share/fonts/truetype/kochi"
    FontPath "/usr/share/fonts/truetype/latex-xft-fonts"
    FontPath "/usr/share/fonts/truetype/openoffice"
    FontPath "/usr/share/fonts/truetype/ttf-bitstream-vera"
    FontPath "/usr/share/fonts/type1/gsfonts"
    FontPath "/var/lib/defoma/x-ttcidfont-conf.d/dirs/TrueType"
    FontPath "/var/lib/defoma/x-ttcidfont-conf.d/dirs/CID"

    EndSection

    Section "Module"
    Load "GLcore"
    Load "bitmap"
    Load "dbe"
    Load "ddc"
    Load "dri"
    Load "extmod"
    Load "freetype"
    Load "glx"
    Load "int10"
    Load "record"
    Load "type1"
    Load "v4l"
    Load "vbe"
    Load "synaptics"
    EndSection

    Section "InputDevice"
    Identifier "Keyboard0"
    Driver "keyboard"
    Option "CoreKeyboard"
    Option "XkbModel" "pc105"
    Option "XkbLayout" "us"
    Option "XKbOptions" ""
    EndSection

    Section "InputDevice"
    Identifier "Serial Mouse"
    Driver "mouse"
    Option "Protocol" "Microsoft"
    Option "Device" "/dev/ttyS0"
    Option "Emulate3Buttons" "false"
    Option "Emulate3Timeout" "70"
    EndSection

    Section "InputDevice"
    Identifier "Touchpad"
    Driver "synaptics"
    Option "Device" "/dev/psaux"
    Option "Protocol" "auto-dev"
    Option "LeftEdge" "1700"
    Option "RightEdge" "5300"
    Option "TopEdge" "1700"
    Option "BottomEdge" "4200"
    Option "FingerLow" "25"
    Option "FingerHigh" "30"
    Option "MaxTapTime" "180"
    Option "MaxTapMove" "220"
    Option "VertScrollDelta" "100"
    Option "MinSpeed" "0.06"
    Option "MaxSpeed" "0.12"
    Option "AccelFactor" "0.0010"
    Option "SHMConfig" "on"
    Option "Repeater" "/dev/input/mice"
    EndSection

    Section "InputDevice"
    Identifier "PS/2 Mouse"
    Driver "mouse"
    Option "Protocol" "auto"
    Option "Device" "/dev/psaux"
    Option "Emulate3Buttons" "false"
    Option "Emulate3Timeout" "70"
    Option "ZAxisMapping" "4 5"
    Option "Buttons" "5"
    EndSection

    Section "InputDevice"
    Identifier "USB Mouse"
    Driver "mouse"
    Option "Device" "/dev/input/mice"
    Option "Protocol" "ExplorerPS/2"
    Option "ZAxisMapping" "4 5"
    Option "Buttons" "5"
    EndSection

    Section "InputDevice"
    Identifier "Stylus"
    Driver "wacom"
    Option "Mode" "Absolute"
    Option "Type" "stylus"
    Option "Device" "/dev/input/wacom"
    Endsection

    # Settings for wacom eraser
    Section "InputDevice"
    Identifier "Eraser"
    Driver "wacom"
    Option "Mode" "Absolute"
    Option "Type" "eraser"
    Option "Device" "/dev/input/wacom"
    Endsection
    # Settings for wacom cursor (mouse)
    Section "InputDevice"
    Identifier "Cursor"
    Driver "wacom"
    Option "Mode" "Absolute"
    Option "Type" "cursor"
    Option "Device" "/dev/input/wacom"
    Endsection

    Section "Monitor"
    Identifier "Monitor0"
    VendorName "Generic LCD"
    ModelName "LCD Panel 1440x900"
    #Option "DPMS" "true"
    HorizSync 31.5 - 100.0
    VertRefresh 59.0 - 75.0
    Modeline "640x480" 25.175 640 664 760 800 480 491 493 525 #60Hz
    Modeline "800x600" 40.12 800 848 968 1056 600 601 605 628 #60Hz
    Modeline "1024x768" 75 1024 1048 1184 1328 768 771 777 806 -hsync -vsync
    Modeline "1024x768" 85 1024 1056 1152 1360 768 784 787 823
    ModeLine "1152x864" 65 1152 1168 1384 1480 864 865 875 985 Interlace
    Modeline "1152x864" 92 1152 1208 1368 1474 864 865 875 895
    Modeline "1152x864" 110 1152 1240 1324 1552 864 864 876 908
    Modeline "1152x864" 135 1152 1464 1592 1776 864 864 876 908
    Modeline "1152x864" 137.65 1152 1184 1312 1536 864 866 885 902 -HSync -VSync
    Modeline "1280x768" 80.14 1280 1344 1480 1680 768 769 772 795
    ModeLine "1280x800" 80.58 1280 1344 1480 1680 800 801 804 827 -HSync -VSync
    Modeline "1280x1024" 80 1280 1296 1512 1568 1024 1025 1037 1165 Interlace
    Modeline "1280x1024" 110 1280 1328 1512 1712 1024 1025 1028 1054
    Modeline "1280x1024" 126.5 1280 1312 1472 1696 1024 1032 1040 1068 -HSync -VSync
    Modeline "1280x1024" 135 1280 1312 1456 1712 1024 1027 1030 1064
    Modeline "1280x1024" 135 1280 1312 1416 1664 1024 1027 1030 1064
    Modeline "1280x1024" 157.5 1280 1344 1504 1728 1024 1025 1028 1072 +HSync +VSync
    Modeline "1280x1024" 181.75 1280 1312 1440 1696 1024 1031 1046 1072 -HSync -VSync
    Modeline "1440x900" 106.47 1440 1520 1672 1904 900 901 904 932 +HSync +VSync
    Modeline "1400x1050" 129 1400 1464 1656 1960 1050 1051 1054 1100 +HSync +VSync
    Modeline "1600x1200" 162 1600 1664 1856 2160 1200 1201 1204 1250 +HSync +VSync
    Modeline "1600x1200" 189 1600 1664 1856 2160 1200 1201 1204 1250 -HSync -VSync
    Modeline "1600x1200" 202.5 1600 1664 1856 2160 1200 1201 1204 1250 +HSync +VSync
    Modeline "1600x1200" 220 1600 1616 1808 2080 1200 1204 1207 1244 +HSync +VSync
    Modeline "1680x1050" 147.14 1680 1784 1968 2256 1050 1051 1054 1087
    ModeLine "1800x1440" 230 1800 1896 2088 2392 1440 1441 1444 1490 +HSync +VSync
    ModeLine "1800x1440" 250 1800 1896 2088 2392 1440 1441 1444 1490 +HSync +VSync
    Modeline "1920x1200" 230 1920 1936 2096 2528 1200 1201 1204 1250 +HSync +VSync
    EndSection

    Section "Monitor"
    Identifier "ATIMonitor"
    VendorName "Generic LCD"
    ModelName "LCD Panel 1440x900"
    #Option "DPMS" "true"
    HorizSync 31.5 - 100.0
    VertRefresh 59.0 - 75.0
    EndSection

    Section "Device"
    Identifier "Card0"
    Driver "fglrx"
    BoardName "unknown"

    #BusID "PCI:1:0:0"
    #Option "sw_cursor" # needed for some ati cards
    #Option "hw_cursor"
    #Option "NoAccel"
    #Option "ShowCache"
    #Option "ShadowFB"
    #Option "UseFBDev"
    #Option "Rotate"
    Option "UseInternalAGPGART" "no"

    # savage special options, use with care
    #Option "NoUseBios"
    #Option "BusType" "PCI"
    Option "DmaMode" "None"

    # nvidia special options, use with care
    Option "CursorShadow" "1"
    Option "CursorShadowAlpha" "63"
    Option "CursorShadowYOffset" "2"
    Option "CursorShadowXOffset" "4"
    Option "FlatPanelProperties" "Scaling = native"
    Option "NoLogo" "false"
    Option "IgnoreEdid" "true" # needs to be true for some nvidia cards
    EndSection

    Section "Screen"
    Identifier "Screen0"
    Device "Card0"
    Monitor "Monitor0"
    DefaultColorDepth 16

    SubSection "Display"
    Depth 8
    Modes "1440x900" "1280x1024" "1024x768"
    EndSubSection
    SubSection "Display"
    Depth 15
    Modes "1440x900" "1280x1024" "1024x768"
    EndSubSection
    SubSection "Display"
    Depth 16
    Modes "1440x900" "1280x1024" "1024x768"
    EndSubSection
    SubSection "Display"
    Depth 24
    Modes "1440x900" "1280x1024" "1024x768"
    EndSubSection
    SubSection "Display"
    Depth 32
    Modes "1440x900" "1280x1024" "1024x768"
    EndSubSection

    # Only the official NVIDIA driver supports twinview
    # these setting are an example
    Option "TwinView" "false"
    Option "SecondMonitorVendorName" "unknown"
    Option "SecondMonitorModelName" "unknown"
    Option "SecondMonitorHorizSync" "30-75"
    Option "SecondMonitorVertRefresh" "50-70"
    #Option "MetaModes" "1024x768, 1024x768"
    Option "TwinViewOrientation" "RightOf"
    Option "ConnectedMonitor" "dfp,dfp"
    EndSection

    Section "Screen"
    Identifier "ATIScreen"
    Device "Card0"
    Monitor "ATIMonitor"
    DefaultColorDepth 24

    SubSection "Display"
    Depth 24
    Modes "1440x900" "1280x1024" "1024x768"
    EndSubSection
    EndSection

    Section "DRI"
    Mode 0666
    EndSection

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    I fugured it out but thanks for your help anyways.

    I had to make a change in this section of xorg.conf:

    Section "InputDevice"
    Identifier "Serial Mouse"
    Driver "mouse"
    Option "Protocol" "IMPS/2"
    Option "Device" "/dev/ttyS0"
    Option "Emulate3Buttons" "false"
    Option "Emulate3Timeout" "70"
    EndSection
    Where I have highlighted in the code is where I made the change. It originally read, "Option "Protocol" "Microsoft". I changed it to Option "Protocol" "IMPS/2". Not only the mouse itself works, I can also use the center scroll knob. I'm all set now.

    What I don't get is why does it say "Serial Mouse" in the Identfier even though the mouse I'm using is a PS/2. It doesn't seem to effect my mouse any so I never bothered to make any change in that area but my mouse is working despite what the Identfier says.

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    The identifier is only a name to refer to, doesn't do aything on how your mouse works.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Juan Pablo
    The identifier is only a name to refer to, doesn't do aything on how your mouse works.
    So I realized. ok.

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    So I can't get my mouse to work on boot. I have to use the keyboard to configure my computer and choose the WRONG mouse and then choose the right one. No matter what I do, it defaults to generic and I tried getting it right in xorg.conf, but I still have that problem....

    wait, thats in Mandriva. Mepis had no issues, but do you have any suggestions?

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