I wanted to reply earlier, but seems you’ve allready solved your mouse problem.
Anyway your problem doesn’t have anything to do with kernel. You can verify by issuing at the console:
This gives you a list of all the modules that are loaded at that moment. If you see the modules: input.o, mousdev.o, usbcore.o, usb-uhi.o or usb-ohi.o and hid.o, you have usb support allright and your problem is 100% with xfree86.
I think it is xfree’s configuration once again… You can solve it permanently with out the need of that usb to ps/2 adaptor, if you edit manually the /etc/X11/XF86Config file.
You can do the following from the console (always as root):
linux# gpm -r (just in case gpm is working, warning you are going to loose the mouse!!!)
linux# mkdir /dev/input
linux# mknod /dev/input/mice c 13 63
linux# modprobe mousedev
Then, open the XF86Config file, (usually in /etc/X11/XF86Config) with a text editor such as pico:
linux# pico -w /etc/X11/XF86Config
Go then to the Device line of the Pointer section and replace /dev/psaux or whatever there is, with /dev/input/mice.
When done save the file and issue:
linux# gpm -m /dev/input/mice -t imps2 (to reload it with usb mouse support)…
…and restart the Xserver (with Ctrl+Alt+BackSpace). Relogin!!!
This should do the trick.
About the Wacom tablet I don’t know but I think the solution is similar, to the above. Find an entry which resembles a tablet input device in XF86Config file, and point it to the apropriate usb device. Anyway, if I find anything, you’ll be the first to know…
I hope this helps you a bit more…
May I propose cinelerra for video/audio editing of your Blender animations??? It really rocks…
p.s.: In cases the mouse fails you can always get out of X11 and bring a console so you can issue some commands, by pressing:Ctrl+Alt+F1 (only you have to relogin). You can go back to X11 with Alt+F7 I think.