[blfs-support] Mouse and Keyboard don't work with Xorg :-(

Bruce Dubbs bruce.dubbs at gmail.com
Mon Mar 18 19:58:06 PDT 2013

James Tyrer wrote:
> Note that this is a temporary account and I am temporary running on a
> Fedora 15 CD till I get my new Linux from scratch system to work.  I
> need help.
> X.Org X Server 1.14.0
> I think that I followed the instruction and this is not the first time
> I have built the X11 server.  I started building XFree86.  Everyting
> appeared to go OK but when I started it for the first time with
> "startx" it opened with TWM and looked OK but the mouse and the
> keyboard didn't work.  A google search reveals that others have the
> same problem but I didn't really see the solution to the problem.
> X is installed with PREFIX=/usr/X11R7  Which is where I installed it
> last time although on a different disk.
> I checked the X log.  The module path appears correct:
> [ 35004.515] (==) ModulePath set to "/usr/X11R7/lib/xorg/modules"
> The configure file for the mouse: /etc/X11/xorg.conf.d/mouse-0.conf:
> Section "InputDevice"
> 	Identifier  "Mouse0"
> 	Driver      "evdev"
>    	Option      "Protocol" "IMPS/2"
>      	Option      "Device" "/dev/input/mice"
>      	Option      "Buttons" "5"
>      	Option      "ZAxisMapping" "4 5"
>      	Option      "Name"  "Logitech M100"
> EndSection
> looks OK, but the X log reports:
> [ 35012.524] (II) config/udev: Adding input device Logitech USB
> Optical Mouse (/dev/input/mouse0)
> [ 35012.524] (II) No input driver specified, ignoring this device.
> and the mouse and the keyboard simply do not work with X although they
> work fine in text mode.

I suggest removing the config file and try the defaults.  Make sure that 
you built the evdev driver.  It should be in 

   -- Bruce

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