I decided to reinstall Mint 7, but now the device file seems to be corrupt, it says that I don't have permission to do anything with the file; delete it, chmod it, nothing works, even as root. When I open it to read the thing, it's blank, and then it quickly says that the file's changed, time to reload it; it's always blank. I've reinstalled several times, even going so far as to delete all the partitions before doing an install just to make sure it's not reusing anything from the borked install, but it's always the same.
Edit: so now I know a little more about the /proc directory and how it works; I know that's not where you make the changes. I'm still stumped, though. And I can't read devices to see what, if anything's going on.
I can click the mouse buttons, they work fine. I just can't move the cursor. Again, it all works normally with Mint 6.
I just ran # cat /dev/input/mouse0 and it doesn't detect a damn thing. How do I go about making sure that the right modules are loaded?
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modprobe -r psmouse
modprobe psmouse proto=imps
Now, can someone tell me why this fixed it?