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( not really for beginners )

Wheelmouse in Slackware

( This works also on other distro´s, but the location of your xorg.conf file might be different ! Do a ¨locate xorg¨ to find out where to find it. )

Do not start X stay in text mode.

Login as root ( not typing ¨su¨, but ¨root¨ )

First back up the old xorg.conf file for as things go really wrong:

( NOTE: In Slackware versions before 10 the file is /etc/X11/XF86Config !! )

# cd  /etc/X11/
# cp  xorg.conf  xorg.conf-OLD


# vim  xorg.conf

Find the mouse pointer section, and change/add :

Option "Protocol" "IMPS/2" ( add IM )
Option "Device" "/dev/psaux" (  # /dev/mouse, uncomment /dev/psaux )
Option "Resolution" "300" ( add full line )
Option "ZAxisMapping" "4 5" ( add full line )
Option "Buttons" "3" (add full line )

Note: Space between the "4" and the "5" !

Save the file: ¨Esc¨ and ¨ZZ¨

exit ( to logout as root )

Login as normal user

$ startx

Now your mouse scroll wheel should be functional !

GUI login in Slackware

As root:

# vim /etc/inittab

Change the default runlevel in /etc/inittab from 3 to runlevel 4


NOTE: other disto´s runlevel 5 !

Shutdown / power off in Slack

On some hardware: Slackware does not power off by default as you give the command ¨shutdown -h now¨.
To address that problem:

# vim /etc/rc.d/rc.modules

Look for the APM section and

uncomment the line ¨# /sbin/modprobe apm¨ ( delete the # )

Save the file ( give the command /sbin/modprobe apm if you don´t want to reboot ) and next time you do ¨shutdown -h now¨ as root your computer will power off as usual.

Slocate in Slackware

SonicDragon did send us the following addition:

  I just noticed that for "locate" to work in slackware it won't let you do "su" and "updatedb". You will have to do "su" and "slocate -u" first.

After running "slocate -u" first, the "updatedb" command should work normally.

That might be helpful to have added to the Slackware and Searching tips, (if this is happening to other users and not just me).

Happy Slacking !


-- Jun 1 2003 ( Revised Dec 12 2008 ) --

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