Message Board -  Archive

[ Login ] [ Create Account ]
[ Board List ] [ View Board ] [ Post Reply ]
  Author  Subject: Re: Mouse Problems

Posted on 07-17-2002 02:32 a.m. ET  reply

Original Poster: Mark Krentel

> Cannot open device /dev/psaux
> No such device or address

This error says that X can't talk to the device. Not that the
hardware is broken, just that X can't find it and talk to it. The
file in /dev or /dev/misc is not the only reason this could fail.

I'm beginning to think that your mouse is not a PS/2 mouse, or at
least X doesn't see it as such. One possibility is that psaux may not
be the right device for your mouse. Cd to /dev or /dev/misc and run
"ls -l *mou*" to look for other types of mouse devices and try them.

Another possibility is the protocol. You could try different protocols
to see if one of them worked. Read /usr/X11R6/lib/X11/doc/README.mouse
(your path may be different) for possible protocols.

If you start X and the mouse doesn't respond at all (or if X refuses
to start), then you probably have the wrong device. If the mouse
responds but incorrectly (like jumping into the corner and blinking),
then you have the right device but the wrong protocol.

Other than that, I'm running out of ideas. There is a "mouseconfig"
program. I've never used it, but from its name, it may be an easier
way to find and set the right settings.

And don't worry about symlinks. If foo -> baz is a symlink, then any
reference to foo is the same as baz. Symlinks do the right thing.


< Previous 1 Next >

Site Contents