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windoze victim
11-28-2002, 11:10 AM
I like trackballs better than mice, but are there any drivers for them in linux?

Sorry if this is a stupid question.:(

Captain Penguin
11-28-2002, 12:00 PM
Most trackballs should be detected as regular mice...

windoze victim
11-28-2002, 04:30 PM
As a general rule, do all mice put out a generic signal?

Captain Penguin
11-28-2002, 06:30 PM
Originally posted by windoze victim
As a general rule, do all mice put out a generic signal?

Well most mice will work as a regular mouse with 2 buttons using generic mouse drivers, but I believe there are some that aren't _exactly_ the same. For example, I don't believe my opitcal intellimouse explorer would work properly using only generic drivers, but my memory of troubleshooting my mouse under linux is dim.

11-28-2002, 08:43 PM
If it plugs into the ps/2 mouse connector, it should be detected as a regular mouse and work fine. My logitech optical wheel mouse works fine with the generic driver under RH 8.0.

Serial port mice/pointing devices are more problematic. You should check supported hardware for the distro and version of linux that you intend to install.

windoze victim
11-28-2002, 09:25 PM
Thanks people.

11-29-2002, 12:42 AM
trackballs dont require special drivers ;)