how to get mouse working?

Antonio Olivares olivares14031 at
Fri May 10 04:50:51 PDT 2013

Dear sir,

I have tried that option which I had done before to get a mouse, but
that was a ps2 mouse and not a usb mouse so it does not work :(

``Its probably because of X using hal


Option "AllowEmptyInput" "Off"

to the server section in xorg.conf ''
as in the thread referenced below:

Post 24:

Hal is installed as xfce pulled it in :(  A relevant part of
/var/log/Xorg.0.log shows that
(**) |-->Input Device "Mouse0"
(**) |-->Input Device Keyboard0"
(==) Not automatically adding devices
(==) Not automatically enabling devices

I cannot put in a PS2 mouse because the machine only has usb slots and
one PS2 for the keyboard :(

Any pointers other than the /dev/sysmouse or the /etc/rc.conf
moused_enable="YES" which sadly have no effect are appreciated and
will be tried out.

Best Regards,


On Fri, May 10, 2013 at 6:38 AM, Antonio Olivares
<olivares14031 at> wrote:
> On Fri, May 10, 2013 at 1:52 AM, John Marino <dragonflybsd at> wrote:
>> This might be handled by xorg.
>> Look at /etc/X11/xorg.conf, section "InputDevice"
>> Is there a mouse section there (Probably identified as "Mouse0").
>> You might want to paste that.  Mine has "Device" defined as "/dev/sysmouse".
>> JustinS told you that before, and he also wrote the following on this very
>> mail list to you:
>> "Scratch what I said about the mouse - put:
>> moused_enable="YES"
>> into /etc/rc.conf, and run
>> /etc/rc.d/moused start
>> and the mouse should work.  This is what I just had to do now,
>> experimenting manually."
>> So I suspect he basically answered you before you asked the question again.
> Dear sir,
> I apologize or I am sorry, but I have mentioned that it does not work.
>  I have tried that it does not work.  I have uncommented the section
> where it says moused_port="/dev/ums1" and it does not work.  I don't
> have mouse functionality.  What good is a gui without a mouse?  and I
> don't know any shortcuts to set menu entries in xfce :(
> I remember that there was an option for xorg.conf that had an option
> like Hidden="False" and that may do it?
> Thanks,
> Antonio
>> John
>> On 5/10/2013 00:55, Antonio Olivares wrote:
>>> Dear folks,
>>> after being down for a while not being able to get the system like I
>>> wanted, I reinstalled the system and have resolved to install packages
>>> via pkg, and have most of what I want.  I have installed xfce like
>>> suggested in small howto:
>>> But I have no mouse :(
>>> It is a usb mouse and in /dev/uhid0 and it justs sits there and does
>>> nothing.  How can I get it working?
>>> Thanks for your advice/comments/&&  suggestions.
>>> Best Regards,
>>> Antonio

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