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    [SOLVED] Help!! I need my mouse back & to re-edit /etc/X11/xorg.conf

    Hi,
    I've done a doozy. I was trying a fix for my mighty mouse (which does not scroll at all) and I replaced the "Input Device" section for the mouse with a new one instead of adding my fix.

    Well it didn't work and I made a backup of my xorg.conf but it can't help me sitting on my desktop because NO MOUSE WILL WORK NOW.

    I'm not even sure I did the backup file right. Anyways, how can I edit my /etc/X11/xorg.conf file ????

    I've tried the keyboard shortcut to get to the terminal (Contr-Alt F1) and it takes me to the black screen command line. I tried doing 'sudo gedit /etc/X11/xorg.conf' there but it says it "cannot display file" for some reason.

    How can I get any mouse back? I DO KNOW HOW to edit the /etc/X11/xorg.conf' file to get it back to normal once I get to the file. That's no problem. I just can't get to the file.

    I appreciate any help,...Many Thanks, Frank B.

    PS I'm dual booting and have rEFit, so I can get to a shell command line. I'm new to that and have no idea what to do there.
    Last edited by Brightbelt; May 20th, 2008 at 04:43 AM. Reason: Added information

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    Re: Help!! I need my mouse back & to re-edit /etc/X11/xorg.conf

    Quote Originally Posted by Brightbelt View Post
    Hi,
    I've done a doozy. I was trying a fix for my mighty mouse (which does not scroll at all) and I replaced the "Input Device" section for the mouse with a new one instead of adding my fix.

    Well it didn't work and I made a backup of my xorg.conf but it can't help me sitting on my desktop because NO MOUSE WILL WORK NOW.

    I'm not even sure I did the backup file right. Anyways, how can I edit my /etc/X11/xorg.conf file ????

    I've tried the keyboard shortcut to get to the terminal (Contr-Alt F1) and it takes me to the black screen command line. I tried doing 'sudo gedit /etc/X11/xorg.conf' there but it says it "cannot display file" for some reason.

    How can I get any mouse back? I DO KNOW HOW to edit the /etc/X11/xorg.conf' file to get it back to normal once I get to the file. That's no problem. I just can't get to the file.

    I appreciate any help,...Many Thanks, Frank B.

    PS I'm dual booting and have rEFit, so I can get to a shell command line. I'm new to that and have no idea what to do there.
    gedit requires xorg, so you can't run it from a console. try nano.

    Or you can just start things from the keyboard if you know the shortcuts
    ALT+F2 opens the "Run Application" dialog. you can start whatever you want from there (gnome-terminal, or even just gedit)

    The easiest way to backup your file is to make a copy before making changes:
    Code:
    sudo cp /etc/X11/xorg.conf /etc/X11/xorg.conf.bak
    Then if you need to copy it back,
    Code:
    sudo cp /etc/X11/xorg.conf.bak /etc/X11/xorg.conf

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    Re: Help!! I need my mouse back & to re-edit /etc/X11/xorg.conf

    Thanks Cyber....There's one "tiny" little detail I need help with.

    How do I click 'Save' or do a 'Save' without a mouse??

    Pressing enter justs creates a space like I'm in a word processing document...
    Many Thanks, Frank B.

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    Re: Help!! I need my mouse back & to re-edit /etc/X11/xorg.conf

    Quote Originally Posted by Brightbelt View Post
    Thanks Cyber....There's one "tiny" little detail I need help with.

    How do I click 'Save' or do a 'Save' without a mouse??

    Pressing enter justs creates a space like I'm in a word processing document...
    Many Thanks, Frank B.
    Ctrl+S is save in gedit
    Alt+f4 closes it.

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    Re: Help!! I need my mouse back & to re-edit /etc/X11/xorg.conf

    Many Thanks, Cyber. Well, I'm back in business, but with a regular mouse for now.

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