serial mouse doesn't work

serial mouse doesn't work

Post by Eric Thompso » Wed, 10 Jun 1998 04:00:00

 I have a serial 3 button mouse made by logitech.
x starts fine but the mouse won't move.  I used 'mseconfig' with all of
the settings with no success.
x gives me this warning:
"WARNING: /dev/ttys0 unable to get status of mouse (I/O error)"

what do I put in my xconfig file?


serial mouse doesn't work

Post by M.C. van den Bovenkam » Wed, 10 Jun 1998 04:00:00

> x gives me this warning:
> "WARNING: /dev/ttys0 unable to get status of mouse (I/O error)"

If the 'ttys0' is not a typo (and your mouse is on what DOS would call
COM1), make that /dev/ttyS0. Note the capital 'S'.


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1. Serial mouse only works during installation in graphics mode, problem with 'serial device driver'

During installation in graphics mode the serial microsoft mouse works.
But when Linux starts the console mouse drivers, the following error
appears: 'LSR Safety check engaged!', meaning that the UART 16550A
returns 0xFF to a query of the serial device driver which then
concludes that there is some problem. Result: no serial mouse or
whatever device on the serial port will work.
Now I looked for this problem in google and found
as an explanation: a sloppy designed UART 16550A chip...
My question: is there any updated driver somewhere in which this
problem is resolved?
Or is there any parameter that I can apply during start up to prevent
the serial driver from performing this check?

thanks a lot,

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