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SeaMonkey, evdev

July 16, 2008 — BarryK
SeaMonkey version 1.1.11 will be in 4.1alpha4, and this is the full-blown suite with Mail, News and Addressbook modules.

Lobster, and I think at least one other person, has reported mouse trouble with the 4.1alphas.

I'm wondering if it has anything to do with the 'evdev' module.

Lobster, in your Puppy-with-working-mouse, which I presume is 4.00, is 'evdev' loaded? (run 'lsmod' in a terminal).


No 'evdev'
Username: lobster
Yes using Puppy 4 No 'evdev' Glad to hear latest Seamonkey will be available

Re: evdev
Username: BarryK
"Lobster, Ok, we need to check this out. Can you boot 4.1alpha3, shutdown and create a 'pup_save' file, reboot and run the BootManager, blacklist 'evdev', reboot again, then..., except that your mouse doesn't work, which makes it hard to do these things, so do it this way: Boot the CD, with boot parameter 'puppy pfix=nox', then: # mp /etc/rc.d/MODULESCONFIG ... and add 'evdev' to the BLACKLIST variable. the file. # reboot

laptop keyboard
Username: dogone
"Barry, your Acer may accept a desktop keyboard via the PS2 port. I believe one can also still find PS2 port splitters that permit connection of an external mouse and keyboard via one port. I use a standard desktop keyboard with my laptop whenever practical. Life's too short to deal with a cranky keyboard.

laptop keyboard
Username: dogone
"Barry, your Acer should also recognize a USB keyboard and/or mouse. This is a better solution, especially if you don't intend on sharing your desktop keyboard with the Acer. If your desktop keyboard/mouse are PS2 and you'd like quick access to both computers, consider a "KVM" (keyboard, video, mouse) switch. Flip a switch and you're on the other machine. I have a very nice Belkin PS3 KVM I'd be happy to donate. A key combo toggles between machines!

IBM 42H1292
Username: 2bob
"I salvaged an IBM 42H1292 keyboard that weighs more than my laptop. If you can take the clicking, it's the best! :-)

mp froze
Username: lobster
"========== # mp /etc/rc.d/MODULESCONFIG ... and add 'evdev' to the BLACKLIST variable. the file. # reboot =========== OK did that and one time 'mp' locked up (no keyboard input) possible - had to reboot Wasn't quite sure how to add the BLACLIST variable tried BLACKLIST evdev and BLACLIST="evdev" Neither of which worked Mouse locked up in aprox. 10 secs

model m
Username: pdh
"My Acer 5610 is a great machine otherwise, but the keyboard is Terrible. I've managed to locate an IBM Model M ps/2 keyboard (at ludicrous expense) and a suitable ps/2<->USB convertor. Now my tinnitus is worse but my documents need less spellchecking

Re: blacklist
Username: BarryK
"Lobster, Sorry, it's actually named SKIPLIST in /etc/rc.d/MODULESCONFIG

Username: jabu2
"Barry wherever practicable using fullsize keyboard and separate monitor is a proven way to improve productivity. Sep Mon allows viewing at more ergonomic angle to suit your posture. Full keyboard will reduce error rates when keying. Laptop error rates can be 5 times laptop rate. Less time keying-in = more hermit time :-)

Username: lobster
"=========== Sorry, it's actually named SKIPLIST in /etc/rc.d/MODULESCONFIG =========== Ah yes - did not help either unfortunately . . . Freeze effects keyboard too. Can not use ctrl + alt + backspace to get to console . . .

Keyboard errors
Username: jabu2
"Correction to previous - should be Laptop keying error rates can be 5 times *desktop* keyboard rate. Apologies

Choosing a keboard
Username: ANOSage
"Never heard of anyone completely satisfied with a laptop keyboard. Yet another reason to avoid them all - laptops, that is. Those who fell for the pitch can always pick up an old AT keyboard and either swap the plug, swap the cable or use an adapter to PS/2. AT units used to cost as much as 50 and tended to be well built; now they can cost as little as 3 and their construction reflects this. If you have an old IBM clickety-clack version these were sold at a premium - professional typists prefer the audible confirmation of their endeavour as well as the tactile one. Two-finger (no! not those two) hobbyists had the option of a soft touch version, which just about sums up the trade today."17 Jul 2008, 14:15"00217'keyboard"JaDy"My Acer Aspire 3100 has that keyboard problem, too."17 Jul 2008, 20:33"00217'Good keyboard"jeffrey"I've had an IBM Thinkpad 1100 since 2000 and the keyboard is great. I'm not a touch typist, but it's as good as a desktop keyboard as far as I'm concerned."18 Jul 2008, 12:35"00217'

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