Re: Kernel, Mouse and Keyboard in 9.1
From: David Wright (david_c_wright_at_hotmail.com)
Date: Fri, 25 Jun 2004 17:49:44 +0200
Jerry Basham wrote:
> (adjusts tin-foil beany and flame-resistant skivvies)..
> Hello - after three "repair" and one "upgrade" attempts
> at fixing my problems in 9.1 (YaST wouldn't invoke,
> KDE *hard* crashes, etc), I finally just reformated and
> installed from scratch, this time *not* allowing the
> kernel update.
> Now we're getting somewhere, and the system is beginning
> to elicit my confidence, once more. A few queries, here:
> - Dare I update the kernel through YaST, and, if so,
> are there any little pre-update procedures that are
> recommended to take care of?
Just make sure you have a back-up of your data - same as you would for any
upgrading or patching on any system... I've upgraded mine and have
experienced no problems.
> - How can I cause this OS to understand that my mouse
> is a Logitec, cordless with a scroll wheel? This did
> not seem to be a problem in SuSE 9.0, as I used the
> "Intellimouse/Wheelmouse" setting in YaST and the
> scroll wheel worked fine, albeit after a (Windows-like)
> re-start. As it is, the wheel will only scroll
> pages *down,* and not back up, in any of the settings
> used from that YaST mouse set-up utility.
Hmm, funny that, installed a Windows 2000 machine today and it had a
Logitech cordless mouse with scroll wheel and it would scroll down, but
going back up would cause IE to go to the previous web site visited!
I've been switching the mouse around on my Linux system - I am away, working
with a friend and have taken my main box with me. It had a MS Wireless
IntelliMouse Explorer 2, now it just has a plain IntelliMouse Explorer 3,
it hasn't had any problems switching between them. The KVM at home caused a
couple of problems at first, but it seems to have settled in now.
Have you checked the settings in the Control Center->Mouse? You can adjust
the scroll rate there...
Unfortunately, I never found the Logitech mice comfortable to use, so I have
never tried them with Linux, I can't be of more help...
> - What on Earth is going on with this OS not being able
> to see my keyboard at all unless I re-boot several
> times and get lucky pounding the space bar at varying
> times during the boot process? I haven't seen this
> since RedHat 7.2. It's an ordinary, Gateway 105 key
> keyboard which Fedora Core 2, Mandrake 10 and (*gasp*)
> Windows XP have had no trouble with at all.
Again, can't help here, plugged in a selection of keyboards and not had any
problems... I take it, that it is a PS/2 keyboard, not a USB keyboard. Have
you tried borrowing a keyboard from somewhere and see if you get the same
problem? Are you still multi-booting into these operating systems? It could
be that since you switched, the keyboard has started to die, damaged cable
or plug... Silly question, have you made sure the keyboard plug is fully
into the socket?
Could be a BIOS conflict, but apart from some older BIOS's having problems
with wireless keyboards going through a KVM, I have never experienced such
> Help/suggestions with these concerns will be very much
Sorry I couldn't be of more help...
> --- Jerry B.