Subject: Re: Two mouses
To: Yasir Malik <>
From: Steven M. Bellovin <>
List: port-i386
Date: 03/01/2005 11:39:49
In message <>, Yasir M
alik writes:
>I bought a Microsoft USB mouse for my laptop.  I ran xf86config to 
>configure the mouse with X.  In X the mouse works, but the touchpad also 
>works.  How can I disable the touchpad?  Also, the scroll wheel does not 
>work, although I can copy and paste with it, and the moving the mouse does 
>not turn off the screen saver, although the touchpad does.

Depending on what model laptop you have, there may be a BIOS setting to 
disable the touchpad.  I've done just that on my Thinkpad, but of 
course Thinkpads have the Trackpoint as an alternative, which may be 
why the option exists.

I have no idea why you can't wake up the screensaver with the USB 
mouse; on one of my desktops, I have a PS/2 and a USB mouse, and both 
work.  What does the mouse section of your XF86Config file look like?  
(Also, what version of X are you running?)  It should point to

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