Serial COM mouse.

Colin McDermott colmcd at
Sun May 14 11:45:35 UTC 2006

Here was the original spurring article from Ubuntu Devel digest. Might 
be worthwhile emailing Oliver Grawert and see if he can get the Serial 
mice working for Xubuntu

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Date: Sat, 04 Feb 2006 14:27:39 +0100
From: Oliver Grawert <ogra at>
Subject: serial mouse autodetection for Xorg - Look out, little furry
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...And The Mouse Police Never Sleeps

we recently found a way to bind serial mice to /dev/input/mice which
will make the life of serial mouse users a lot easier in the future (no
need to reconfigure your X config anymore, just install and start the
inputattach tool with the correct values and it will work) 

thats already quite nice, but we'd love to provide full autodetection
for such legacy hardware. to implement this, i'll need some more data
how many mice are really detectable and which brand/model they are...

(a question and some detection code will be added in later versions of
the hwdb-client application but first we want to get an overview of the
percentage of detectable serial mice at all)

if you own a serial mice and want to help here please run the following
commandline (copy/paste):

mdetect -vvv 2>/dev/null | grep tty


if you have several serial ports, please repeat with the mouse plugged
in to each of them ...
collect the output and put it with the modelname and manufacturer name
into a mail that you send to me personally (please dont spam the
mailinglist with this info)

thanks for helping to make ubuntu better ....


Colin McDermott wrote:
> I will test this out on the Regular Ubuntu. But it did work in Breezy.
> Colin
> Matías Szeftel wrote:
>> Yes, but i'm talking about the live/desktop Xubuntu Flight 7, when XFCE4
>> starts, my mouse is locked. I know how to get it working, but i think it
>> would a very bad impression for people new to linux. Also, it's a LIVE
>> cd now, so it's supossed to work right out of the box and the main
>> installation procedure.
>> Well, just my thought.
>> Regards, Matías.
>> PS: I haven't test this with ubuntu or kubuntu (because is to heavy for
>> my old machine), but maybe they have this problem too. But since Ubuntu
>> and Kubuntu won't usually be installed on old hardware with serial
>> mouse, it's not serious.
>> Colin McDermott escribió:
>>> I had thought that Ubuntu had resolved this issue with a particular
>>> package that would sniff out the serial mouse automatically?
>>> It may not have been in the Ubuntu Base.
>>> Check up on it because it was in the ubuntu digest (somewhere). it was
>>> possibly in a Bug fix as well
>>> Naturally you can sudo dpkg-reconfigure xserver-xorg to get the mouse
>>> back .
>>> Cheers
>>> Colin
>>> Matías Szeftel wrote:
>>>> I have a Celeron 300Mhz and a serial mouse that wasn t detected.
>>>> Shouldn't I have the option to chose what kind of mouse I'm using???
>>>> serial mouse are very common in old hardware, and this distribution
>>>> amis partly at that.
>>>> Thanx, Matías
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Colin McDermott
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