Keyboard hangs when using PS/2 mouse

Benny Amorsen (
13 Feb 1997 00:26:20 +0000

Using kernels 2.0.27 through 2.0.29, I experience keyboard hangs every
time I start gpm. /dev/mouse is a symlink to /dev/psaux, and I have
tried psaux both as a module and compiled into the kernel. In both
cases, the mouse detection does not hang the keyboard. It is only when
gpm starts that the keyboard hangs.

gpm is version 1.10. The mouse in question is a two-button Compaq PS/2
mouse. The motherboard is Asus P55T2P4, and the bios detects the
presence of a mouse. If the mouse is disconnected at boottime, the
bios switches the PS/2 interface off. The kernel detects the interface
fine, too, but as far as I can see the kernel just believes whatever
the BIOS tells it.

The keyboard is a good old no-name AT-keyboard.