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steve68
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« on: October 27, 2013, 12:30:39 AM »

Hello,

4.11 RC2 on an IBM 600x, 32G RAM, 40G HD. PS/2 3-button mouse.  I'm new to DSL, but have used Ubuntu, Mint, and Puppy.

Shortly after the desktop comes up, the mouse buttons stop working, although I can still move the cursor around. I've noticed it with several apps such as Dillo, EmelFM and the DSLPanel.  I Ctrl-Alt-Del and "startx" again, but the same thing keeps happening.  It happens with a frugal install, LiveCD, toram, xvesa, fbox, etc. Huh

Any ideas?  Let me know what other info I can post to help.

thanks,

Steve


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« Reply #1 on: October 27, 2013, 01:09:22 PM »

I don't know whether this is a clue, but the hang appears to occur whenever ram usage goes above 6% (20 out of 313MB).  This happens in several situations- toram, live CD, from my frugal install, etc.

Thanks in advance for the help,
Steve
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« Reply #2 on: October 28, 2013, 05:14:14 AM »

Wow, that is odd. Are you using the built-in mouse or an external one? Does the other work?

Do other OSs run OK? Perhaps you might want to try MEMTEST86 (bootable RAM testing program, included on a lot of bootdiscs).

If the RAM is OK, I've never heard of memory being directly connected to the mouse functions in DSL. I could be wrong though...
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« Reply #3 on: October 28, 2013, 10:51:42 AM »

Thanks for your reply! I did some more testing last night, and I was able to gradually open a bazillion programs at once, jacking up ram usage to 40% with no slowdown.  I still don't know what's causing this, but I'm going to try to systematically work through some boot options. 

Would it be worth trying an older version of DSL? I ran into this with puppy; some of the newer versions didn't work when updated.

Thanks again,
Steve
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« Reply #4 on: October 28, 2013, 10:02:03 PM »

When it comes to other versions, I'd start with DSL-N. It is quite a bit older than the latest DSL, however it uses a more modern kernel which might not exhibit the same symptoms.
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