Re: Multiple mice setup?
From: Paul T (netnews_at_linuxscope.com)
Date: Tue, 05 Oct 2004 21:05:28 -0500
Dances With Crows wrote:
> On Wed, 29 Sep 2004 22:06:26 -0500, Paul T staggered into the Black Sun
> and said:
>>Is it possible to have two different mice configured in XF86Config at
>>the same time?
> Of course. N mice means N InputDevice sections in your config file, and
> 1 line for each mouse in the ServerLayout section. One mouse should be
> labeled "CorePointer" and all the others should be labeled
> "SendCoreEvents" in the ServerLayout section.
>>I have a notebook that I use the touchpad when mobile (Protocol
>>"PS/2") but when docked, I use a PS/2 "wheeled" mouse ("Protocol"
>>"IMPS/2" - to activate the wheel). If the touchpad is used with the
>>IMPS/2 setting it has erratic behavior and can't be used.
> Does this unnamed laptop have a make and model#? On many IBM Thinkpads,
> the Trackpoint and PS/2 port share data lines. The Trackpoint uses
> the PS/2 protocol, so if you plug an IMPS/2 mouse into the PS/2 port and
> set the protocol to IMPS/2, the Trackpoint will deliver bogus data. The
> only cures are to disable the Trackpoint (yuck), use the PS/2 protocol
> (no scrollwheel), or get a USB mouse (preferred).
It's a Dell 610 and it appears that the touchpad and PS/2 port do share
the same data lines. What you describe is my situation - bogus data
when configured for IMPS/2 and using the touchpad.
Looks like I'll go get a USB mouse and adding the necessary sections
>>I'm sure I can script something to swap out XF86Config file when
>>booting up, but I'd like to here if there is some configuration option
>>that I've missed.
> If the built-in pointing device shares data lines with the PS/2 port on
> your laptop, then my advice is to get a USB mouse. Cheap, easy to set
> up, no hassle. HTH,
Thanks for the help.
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