Subject: Re: Two mouses
To: Yasir Malik <firstname.lastname@example.org>
From: Steven M. Bellovin <email@example.com>
Date: 03/01/2005 11:39:49
In message <Pine.NEB.firstname.lastname@example.org>, Yasir M
>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
--Prof. Steven M. Bellovin, http://www.cs.columbia.edu/~smb