July 01, 2002
But It Worked Five Minutes Ago

I just had an annoying problem on my linux PC: After moving the machine to a new desk, the mouse no longer worked. Linux saw the mouse, but /dev/mouse was broken, gpm died, and X couldn't start.

I of course searched for other people with this problem, but found none. Since I was able to resolve it, I will post this in the hope that in the future someone will find it useful.

The log messages you are searching for:

modprobe: modprobe: Can't locate module char-major-13
gpm[950]: oops() invoked from gpm.c(186)
gpm[950]: /dev/mouse: No such device

modprobe: modprobe: Can't locate module char-major-13
gpm[936]: oops() invoked from gpm.c(978)
gpm[936]: /dev/mouse: No such device

Other keywords: X won't boot, PS2.

How I fixed it: I unplugged the mouse, booted, told kudzu or whatever to remove the mouse config, then rebooted with the mouse plugged in and told kudzu to add the mouse. All fixed.

Posted by jjwiseman at July 01, 2002 03:43 PM

Uck, John, those lines from the log are way too long in Mozilla on my Windows laptop. They overlap into the right navbar unpleasantly. I'm happy you got rid of that JavaScript "open comments" thing though. :-) And did I ever congratulate you for the daring yellow color scheme?

Posted by: Troutgirl on July 3, 2002 10:47 PM

What, you got old people fonts over there or something? Just kidding, I suppose I could get rid of the irrelevant bits.

Yeah, the popup windows always annoyed me. It just took time for me to screw up the courage to change the movable template in a significant way. Which somehow did not stop me from choosing the color scheme...

Posted by: jjwiseman on July 3, 2002 11:26 PM

and they say that linux is ready for the desktop. ;)

Posted by: tyler on July 11, 2002 11:07 AM

and they say that linux is ready for the desktop. ;)

Right, because 1. Windows is 100% problem free and 2. every version of linux running on every computer in the world has this problem

Posted by: ADINSX on March 21, 2005 01:03 AM
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