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Date:      Mon, 26 Jan 2004 01:15:35 +0000
From:      Andrew Boothman <>
To:        Shaun Friedle <>
Subject:   Re: My USB mouse not working in FreeBSD 5.1
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In-Reply-To: <000d01c3e3a6$01c0ba70$0f01a8c0@SHAUN>
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Shaun Friedle wrote:

> Hi,
> I am very new to FreeBSD, but I'm trying to learn how to use it. This is made very difficult by not having a mouse.
> I have tried searching on Google for a few hours, but haven't fixed the problem yet. Anyway, here it is:
> My mouse is a "Logitech Cordless Desktop iTouch" optical USB mouse.

Hmmmm - I can remember some people reporting problems with these mice - 
but I had one that worked flawlessly.

> /dev/ums0 does exist.
> If I try to set up the mouse deamon in /stand/sysinstall the cursor will not move when set to Auto (or any other protocol).
> If I do "moused -p /dev/ums0" I get "moused: unable to open /dev/ums0: Device busy".

That's becuase there should already be a moused running. usbd will start 
a new moused when it discovers a mouse connected.

Do a 'ps ax|grep moused' and see if moused is already running

> dmesg finds everything alright:
> ums0: Logitech USB Receiver, rev 1.10/13.10, addr 2, iclass 3/1
> ums0: 5 buttons and Z dir.
> When I try to use X everything is OK, but I just can't mouse the cursor.

Then in your X config you should be able to use /dev/sysmouse

Hope that gets you up and running!


P.S. There's a mailing list for UK FreeBSD users - have a look at - it can go pretty quiet but is good for 
UK-related chat ;)

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