From: John Allman (allmanj at domain houseofireland.com)
Date: Wed 25 Sep 2002 - 18:10:03 IST
This is driving me mad! I've just upgraded from a pentium 233mhz to an
amd xp 1.5 gighz machine. Essentially think of it as moving my hard
drive, cd drive, floppy, network card, graphics card etc into an
otherwise empty athlon box. Now linux boots up fine and running the
kudzu script (i'm using mandrake 8.2) does not detect any changes.
problem is that under X i'm seeing some fruity behaviour.
First of all i found weird things like when i moved my mouse the taskbar
panel thingy in gnome began sliding all over the place and it began
throwing up terminals and moving the focus away from whatever i was
trying to use.I ran mouseconfig several times, and finally told it there
was no mouse. i then ran it again and told it it was a generic ps/2
wheel mouse and it *appeared* to work ok.
Since then i've noticed some strange things. If I try and type in a
textfield, like into the address bar of my browser or into the password
box in my mail program (both mozilla now that i think of it) the focus
flicks away immidiately. Hell, just to write this email i had to cut and
paste my password, ilug at domain linux.ie into the To field and "upgrade broke my
mouse i think" into the Subject field.
Also my keyboard, although almost perfect now wont go back. Right here
as I'm typing, if i press left, nothing happens.This could be a
mozilla-only problem actually. I just threw up a text document in
OpenOffice and everything seems ok there.
Has anyone any suggestions for other programs to try in order to figure
out exactly what's causing this problem? I cant see why it would be only
mozilla, but this is a minimal install and mozilla does most of what i
need in terms of true graphical applications. Using an xterm works fine
for just about everything else.
I threw up a few kde applications and they seem to work fine. It seems
to be related to the way mozilla handles textboxes and textareas. When
the textboxes/areas are actually in a web page it works ok though...
can anyone give me some suggestions to save me having to ditch mozilla
or better yet to help me track down the real problem? I guess i could
always back up and reinstall although there's no guarantees even then...
has anyone ever heard of behaviour like this? would i be better off just
re-installing linux and letting it pick up the hardware properly?
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