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USB Mice & Slackware

Wednesday 28 of December, 2005

For Christmas I got this great IOGear MiniView Micro USB Plus 2-port KVM. Tonight I hooked it up to my Slackware server and had some problems with it recognizing the mouse now that it was connected via USB. My PC is an old Dell GX110 ~ 3 yrs old. It will work with a USB keyboard & mouse. I made sure USB EMulation was enabled in BIOS, but I am not sure it was necessary.

Within Slackware, I had to make the following changes

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File: /etc/rc.d/rc.gpm
/usr/sbin/gpm -m /dev/mouse -t ps2 /usr/sbin/gpm -m /dev/input/mice -t ps2
File: /etc/rc.d/rc.modules
# /sbin/modprobe hid /sbin/modprobe hid
# /sbin/modprobe usbmouse /sbin/modprobe usbmouse
# /sbin/modprobe usbkbd /sbin/modprobe usbkbd
File: /etc/X11/xorg.conf
Option "Protocol" "auto" Option "Protocol" "IMPS/2"
Option "Device" "/dev/mouse" Option "Device" "/dev/input/mice"