Serial Mouse

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  1. 0x0BADF00D macrumors newbie

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    Hi folks,

    I have a G4 Mac Mini and an Alps Glidepoint touchpad which has a serial interface. I also got an Aten RS232-USB adapter. The adapter has drivers for OS X, WinXP and installs fine. On WinXP, the touchpad shows up as a serial mouse, which is fine by me. You only get the basic functionality - move mouse pointer, tap-to-click, double-tap to double-click. So no special stuff like scroll zones, right-click zones, all that.

    However, whilst the Aten adapter is detected fine on OS X, it does not auto-detect the touchpad. The adapter comes up as /dev/tty.usbserial0. If I open the file manually, and try to read it, I can see characters being generated when I try to use the touchpad. Also the LED on the adapter blinks (otherwise it's completely off, meaning that the OS doesn't open the file automatically).

    So how can I make the OS use the tty as a pointing device? Is there such a thing as xorg.conf for the UI? If it's not possible with Aqua, could it be possible with X11? (Although I have not been able to find Apple X11's "xorg.conf"-like file.)

    Any suggestions much appreciated.
     
  2. CanadaRAM macrumors G5

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    I don't know if USBOverdrive will address the problem but it;s a place to start.
     
  3. 0x0BADF00D thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks for the tip. Alas, it didn't work.
     
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