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Mouse dead -- Second try
  • From: Stan Goodman <sgood@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Thu, 28 Jul 2005 15:15:50 +0300
  • Message-id: <0IKC00HN57EE86D0@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Yesterday I sent the message below to the list, but it has not appeared here in
the list's distributions; I would like to try again.

There was also a long interval during which (uncharacteristically) there were
no messages from the list at all. Apparently the list was down in every sense
of the word.

**********Repeat message begins***********

I've installed v9.3 -- I repartitioned the disk and installed from scratch,
rather than on top of the v9.1 that was there before.

The Good News is that v9.3 is much snappier than v9.1; one can live with it. I
still intend to replace the 350MHz CPU with 800MHz, because some apps I want to
install need a bit more speed, but I think I will be happy without crossing the
1GHz barrier, or getting more modern HD.

I have gone on line with it, using Firefox, and am pleased. The only changes I
made were in some Firefox preferences, and changing the mouse to the
left-handed persuasion and a different cursor..

Whatever I did or didn't do, the system is now inoperable. When it boots, the
mouse is not frozen in the center of the screen. Its buttons also do nothing.
The only way I could shut the system down (twice) was with the Reset button.
Perhaps there was a way with the keyboard, but I don't know it. I was able to
bring up a Process List (but I'm not sure how I did that; repeatedly pressing
the Tab key moved the focus from field to field, so apparently the keyboard was
operational.

How do I get out of this fix?

The last time it booted, I watched the detailed progress on the screen. I saw
nothing tht looked suspicious, except one Warning at the time when the network
was being set up. I couldn't read it, and of course I can't look at the boot
log.

I assume that I need to boot to the Fail Safe option, which I understand to be
a command-line mode. I am very new at this OS, and would much appreciate some
pointers about how to go about diagnosing what is hanging the mouse and how to
repair it.

****************ends***************
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Stan Goodman
Qiryat Tiv'on
Israel

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