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Archive for December 31st, 2006

X Error: BadDevice, invalid or uninitialized input device

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For errors like this:

X Error: BadDevice, invalid or uninitialized input device 168
  Major opcode:  145
  Minor opcode:  3
  Resource id:  0x0
Failed to open device

(First, note that these are usually harmless. If you’re debugging something that has just gone wrong, almost always the problem is with something else, not these errors.) To make these messages/errors go away, edit /etc/X11/xorg.conf (don’t forget to backup, or else you may have no GUI when you reboot!), find the lines corresponding to the InputDevices you don’t have (Stylus, Cursor, Eraser), and get rid of them by commenting out everything from Section "InputDevice" to EndSection for each of them. Also, in Section "ServerLayout", comment out the corresponding lines. Changes will take effect the next time X is started (so reboot, or logout and hit Ctrl-Alt-Backspace).
Got it from the top Google search; it’s here. If you can imagine even more “step-by-step” instructions than what I wrote above, they’re here.


Written by S

Sun, 2006-12-31 at 23:57:39

Posted in compknow

k3b verification “Could not find file”

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Enable “Allow lowercase characters in ISO9660 file names”. Reported at and

Update: Probably fixed by now.

Other annoying k3b bugs:

  • When it ejects and reloads the CD for verification, KDE pops up a “What do you want to do?” thing that comes when CDs are inserted.
  • When it ejects and cannot reload the CD (it happens often with old drives) it aborts, instead of asking the user to put the CD in.

Written by S

Sun, 2006-12-31 at 19:18:04

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