I'm running FreeBSD 5.2 in VirtualBox. The reason for the old version is that that's the version described in The Design and Implementation of the FreeBSD Operating System - I want to browse and tinker with the kernel sources as I read the book.

(Which is excellent - I recommend it highly.)

The problem I've got is that I cannot get the mouse to work under X11.

If I don't enable the mouse daemon in sysinstall, then I can't move the mouse at all in X11.

If I do enable the mouse daemon, then in X11 the cursor mostly stays in one corner or another, but flies wildly about the screen if I try to move it.

I've spent two or three hours monkeying with this, and have gotten nowhere. Frankly I am astonished that I couldn't find what I needed either at the http://www.virtualbox.org/ website or in google.

VirtualBox is nice when it works, but a major problem with it is that it is *very* poorly documented. For example nowhere on the VirtualBox website does it say that it emulates a PS/2 mouse, or that the emulated video is only VESA and not any particular model of video card.

Wherever it might come close to clueing me in on these things, it just says to install the VirtualBox Guest Additions - which are not yet available for FreeBSD!

I'm able to get the X11 video working OK, using the VESA driver. Just not the mouse.

Once I get a working XF86Config, I'll be happy to share it with the world.

I'm using VirtualBox 2.2.4 under Fedora 10 on an x86_64 Xeon e5420 box.


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