[nSLUG] Serial drivers for Ubuntu 10.04?
trina.hanson79 at gmail.com
Thu Jan 31 13:57:32 AST 2013
I am trying to get a serial Kensington 64215 Expert 4 button Trackball up
and running with Ubuntu 10.04 with no luck. I have spent literately days
online trying a few things, with no success.
The first thing I tired was to create a file called xorg.conf (see below
for the code that I used) and placed it etc/X11. Once the file was placed
in the folder and I rebooted the computer the Ubuntu splash screen came up
and then slowly faded away. I had to boot with a Live CD and then was able
to delete the file and rebooted the computer and it booted fine this time.
Identifier "Kensington Expert Mouse"
Option "Protocol" "ThinkingMouse"
Option "Device" "/dev/ttyS0"
Option "Emulate3Buttons" "true"
Option "Buttons" "4"
Then I found code that was suggested to name it 10-mouse.fdi (see the code
below) and place it in /etc/hal/fdi/policy. I rebooted the computer and
the computer booted up this time, but the serial trackball would not work.
<?xml version='1.0' encoding='UTF-8'?>
<match key='info.capabilities' contains='input.mouse'>
<merge key='input.x11_driver' type='string'>mouse</merge>
<merge key="input.x11_options.Device" type="string">/dev/ttyS0</merge>
<merge key="input.x11_options.CorePointer" type="string">On</merge>
<merge key="input.x11_options.Buttons" type="string">4</merge>
<merge key="input.x11_options.ButtonMapping" type="string">1 2 3
I then found a file in /usr/share/hal/fdi/policy/10osvendor called
10-input-policy.fdi. I then used the code above to replace the code that
was in that file and deleted the file (10-mouse.fdi) in /etc/hal/fdi/policy
and rebooted the computer and again the computer booted fine, but the
trackball was still unresponsive.
I have also tried using the following commands in a terminal window:
sudo apt-get install inputattach
inputattach -<mouse type> /path/to/serial/device
I replaced "<mouse type>" with Microsoft, as Kensington did not appear in
man inputattach, and used /dev/ttyS0 to replace "/path/to/serial/device",
again with no success.
Any and all ideas would be greatly appreciated.
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