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Linux recognizing Mouse/Keyboard as Joystick/Controller

There are several symptoms when this happens, you can experience phantom keystrokes or the way I discovered this was happening which is trying to Stream Skyrim from a Windows PC to my linux machine over steam. When I went into “BigPicture” mode on my linux machine and looked at the settings, inside the Add/Test menu item under Controllers there was a Controller listed, even though there wasn’t one connected. This was causing Skyrim to set the bGamepadEnabled=1 when i launched, which made the mouse/keyboard unusable.

Down the rabbit hole of google search results and forums posts. I came across this github repo, https://github.com/negativo17/steam instead of trying to run the patch or use his version of steam, I took a look around.

There is a file in the repo https://github.com/negativo17/steam/blob/master/51-these-are-not-joysticks-rm.rules. If you put this file in/etc/udev/rules.d/directory and reboot it may fix your issue.

I use the MS Sculpt M/K combo which has a Vendor ID of 045e and a Product ID of 07a5. So i needed line 24 and 25 to tell joydev.c of the linux kernel that my mouse and keyboard were not a joystick/controller

Install Shrewsoft VPN on OSX

  1. Installl Apple’s XCode Command Line Developer Tools
  2. Install BREW – ruby -e “$(curl -fsSL https://raw.githubusercontent.com/Homebrew/install/master/install)” < /dev/null 2> /dev/null
  3. Install shrewsoft – brew install shrewsoft-vpn-client
    • If you can an error about tuntap, install the recommended cask package create app link – brew linkapps shrewsoft-vpn-client
  4. Start the deamon – sudo /usr/local/sbin/iked