USB Mouse not Working

Adam J Richardson at
Sun Jul 29 14:58:47 UTC 2007


>>> I beleive in the past I have checked with
>>> #cat /dev/ums0
>>> and if things are working corectly, cat display binary garbage on the 
screen when you wiggle the mouse.  Try this after killing moused (moused 
makes ums0 unavailable).
>> Perhaps the mouse is dead or dying? Mine keeps its USB cable on a 
>> little spindle, and to unreel the cable you have to tug on the cable. 
>> Not the best design since the cable is very thin and has taken damage 
>> over time.
>> Adam J Richardson
> The mouse is working well on another system.  Did you try my little 
> experiment?
> Chris Maness

Trying it in a terminal under xfce4 and substituting /dev/sysmouse 
produces a torrent of spaces characters. I'm currently using a PS/2 
mouse [ie. the "tit" mouse on an old laptop].

$ sudo cat /dev/sysmouse

Perhaps the xfce4 terminal translates the garbage into spaces.

Adam J Richardson

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