FreeBSD9 - I can't get my mouse to work

Jerry jerry at
Thu Jun 7 18:59:07 UTC 2012

On Thu, 7 Jun 2012 19:17:42 +0200
C. P. Ghost articulated:

>On Thu, Jun 7, 2012 at 7:14 PM, C. P. Ghost <cpghost at> wrote:
>> On Wed, Jun 6, 2012 at 1:14 AM, Walter Hurry <walterhurry at>
>> wrote:
>>> Firstly, sorry if this is a bit of a newbie question. I am quite
>>> new to FreeBSD (though fairly experienced at Linux). Almost
>>> everything in FreeBSD is fine, except that no matter what I try I
>>> cannot get the (USB) mouse to work.
>> IMHO, you've hit the same problem as this:
>Sorry, I forgot to add the original mail:
>> Unfortunately, there was no follow-up, and nobody seems
>> to have enough skills to fix hald.

HAL is now deprecated on GNU/Linux systems, with functionality being
merged into udev as of 2008–2010. Why would anyone try to resurrect a
dead application. As of 2011, GNU/Linux distributions such as Ubuntu,
Debian, and Fedora, and projects such as KDE, GNOME and are in
the process of deprecating HAL as it has "become a large monolithic
unmaintainable mess".

Jerry ♔

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