Re: Solution on using serial port mouse in Fedora Core 4

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On 2/3/06, Jeff Vian <[email protected]> wrote:
> On Thu, 2006-02-02 at 11:38 +0800, Wong Kwok-hon wrote:
> > Hello all,
> >
> > I found that the Fedora Core 4 is only can use USB mouse and failed to
> > reconfigure to use serial mouse such as using COM1-4. I found from the
> > other board and tested it is work as follows:-
> >
> > Quote started
> > ====================
> > Here is what I do to fix for FC4 (both x86-32 and x86-64) for serial mice:
> >
> > 1. Log into console or text mode as root.
> > 2. Run mouseconfig - set up for serial mouse, ignore any error messages.
> > 3. Use your favourite editor to open /etc/sysconfig/mouse
> > 4. The last line should contain /dev/mice - change this to /dev/ttyS?
> > where the  question mark refers to the port your mouse is plugged
> > into.
> > 5. Save /etc/sysconfig/mouse
> > 6. Run service gpm start and when you go back to X (Gnome / KDE) the
> > mouse  should work.
> > =================
> > Quote ended
> >
> > #Note the gpm cannot restart after mouseconfig done and just work
> > after reboot as I tried.
> >
> > And I wonder why the author didn't fix the problem permanently so need
> > to fix it manually.
> >
> A very good reason that I can think of is that he chose to not waste
> effort doing something that is almost never needed.
>
> I personally have not even seen a serial mouse for at least 5 years.
> USB and ps2 are the commonly used types today and since a serial mouse
> is an endangered species, why spend extra effort.
>
> Your instructions above are helpful to those who may need them.
>

I know but the there is a bug in mouseonfig on detecting the serial
port mouse and never fix as I found since FC3.

And other reason that my serial port mouse never die since 1991 :)) so
I keep using it...

Wong Kwok Hon


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