Xorg Wizard 'vesa' bugfix

I found a couple of bugs in the Xorg Wizard. After the user has chosen to test the video, a dialog window asks if want to change to the generic vesa driver -- but the button display <yes> <no> only instead of the appropriate labels. Furthermore, if the vesa generic driver is chosen, a following window after the next test states that the previous driver is still chosen. I fixed both bugs.

Nvidia GeForce 6600 GT
Sometime ago, my daughter gave me her old computer. Today is the first time I have plugged it in. No hard drive. What interests me about this PC is that it has an Nvidia card, a GeForce 6600 GT model.

Ok, I get video for both the 'nv' and 'vesa' drivers, however the ps/2 mouse is crazy -- pointer jumps one side of the screen to the other, or just moves horizontally along the bottom, or disappears entirely. Totally unusable.

Well, I'll google around, see if others have this problem.

Posted on 11 Jan 2010, 10:06


Posted on 11 Jan 2010, 10:51 by BarryK
Mouse fixed
I booted my daughter's PC with the Nvidia card removed, so it used the SiS video on the motherboard, and got the same mouse problem.

So, replaced the PS/2 mouse with a USB mouse. Put back the Nvidia card. Booted up, and it's running fine. This is what I'm typing this blog post from.

I'm using the Xorg 'nv' driver, which is the default choice. Running 1024x768 with 16-bit color depth. No problem with icons in the menu, as ttuuxxx reported.

Will test Swfdec next...

Posted on 11 Jan 2010, 11:40 by BarryK
Flash test
Ok, still running the PC with Nvidia card, using the 'nv' driver. Testing at youtube.com...

Chose a Flash video, SeaMonkey crashed. Tried again, SM seems to have hung.

Adobe player
Downloaded the latest player. First video played, second video -- SM crashed.

Adobe player
Downloaded "old trusty" PET package. Played 5 - 6 videos at youtube, no problem.

Posted on 11 Jan 2010, 12:07 by x
PS/2 mouse
use a PS/2 to usb adapter and then plug the PS/2 mouse into the usb port. or just get a usb mouse.
linux and PS/2 mouse don't mix.

Posted on 11 Jan 2010, 13:12 by bigpup
PS/2 mouse
I am using a PS/2 mouse with no problems.
Did you check the basic bios settings to make sure everything was set ok?

Posted on 11 Jan 2010, 13:47 by James c
ps/2 mouse

All I use is a ps/2 mouse, no problems at all in Puppy.

Posted on 12 Jan 2010, 14:51 by growler
nvidia mouse bug
I take it your issue was not related to this problem:


Posted on 12 Jan 2010, 15:00 by growler
nvidia mouse bug
I take it your issue was not related to this problem:


I have an nvidia GeForce 6150 integrated chip in a barebone ASUS Pundit P1-AH1 and have always had this problem - the mouse disappears or occasionally goes wild as you described

Posted on 15 Jan 2010, 24:15 by f00-
recent Op's
.. aside from (usual) manual editing of (most) xorg.conf, ps/2 is my maus-of-choice (it's a wonder the 'old' relic works at all, a generic optical that's been physically abused and yet still functions better than expected :lol: ) - of course, my vintage hwr is somewhat different than BK's various setups but no need for a sweeping generalization like "linux and PS/2 mouse don't mix" o_O

Posted on 18 Jan 2010, 9:10 by E-werd
Mouse Issue
This issue usually means there is a problem with the mouse, not typically drivers. It looks like you already swapped with a different mouse, but just FYI. I work in a computer shop and have seen this numerous times, really frustrating before you figure out the mouse is jacked.