I was running Mozilla and XMMS under Gnome 2.6 (kernel 2.6.5), and all of a sudden, my MS Optical USB mouse (with PS/2 connector attached) stopped working. The fancy lights underneath turned off and I couldn't move the pointer.
This is the second time it's happened to me over the course of several months. The first time it happened, I just started up a game called OpenMortal, but this time I wasn't doing anything.
When I reboot, it doesn't come back on-line. It's only when I cycle power to my system that it comes back up.
Any ideas out there?
Does anyone know any commands that I could have used to bring it back up?
If PS/2 is compiled as a module, you can try rmmod the module, then insmod it again. I don't remember the module name though.
Got that hotplug PS/2 trick from a kernel hacker, but he said it only works reliably for people who's first name starts with a K. I don't know if it would help you or not, might not even be related.
You could also try connecting to USB.
I suppose if it happens again, I'll try taking the PS/2 connector out.
Any chance that doing that will cause the mouse to automatically work? (or do I need to change something in /etc/X11/XF86Config? specifically stuff like /dev/psaux)
I fixed my mouse problem by connecting to USB and change to /dev/input/mice , worked in kernel 2.6.5 without doing anything more than that
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Do you have gpm running? Last time my USB mouse froze, I killed gpm and the mouse resurrected.
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