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Old 05-21-2002, 08:00 PM   #1
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Lightbulb Mouse Wheel Scroll

I thought all linux users knew this but my "so called Linux God" buddy came over the other day he was freaking out cause I am able to use my scroll function on my I thought maybe someone else could use this info.

It's really simple if you have a mouse wheel that can scroll then edit your
/etc/X11/XF86Config or /etc/X11/XF86Config-4 depending on which one you have and edit the line Protocol ps/2 to imps/2

Option "Device" "/dev/mouse"
Option "Protocol" "imps/2"

This should work just fine however if you run into trouble here is the web page that helped me out long ago.

Old 05-23-2002, 12:38 AM   #2
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And if you have a mouse with side buttons you can use them for Forward|Back in most browsers as well
Old 05-24-2002, 03:53 AM   #3
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I hate to say this, but you're not entirely correct. You actually need the following to get a mouse wheel working:

Option "ZAxisMapping" "4 5"

And /dev/mouse is only useful if you have set up a symlink, which some distros do not do by default. If you're using USB you need:

Option "Device" "/dev/input/mice"
Option "Protocol" "imps/2"
Option "ZAxisMapping" "4 5"

If you're using PS/2:

Option "Device" "/dev/psaux"
Option "Protocol" "imps/2"
Option "ZAxisMapping" "4 5"
Old 05-24-2002, 09:21 AM   #4
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Thumbs up

..unecessary post that was totally unhelpful.

Last edited by trickykid; 05-24-2002 at 09:23 AM.
Old 05-24-2002, 09:23 AM   #5
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super_me, if you don't have valuable input to give to members here, then refrain from posting. Thanks.
Old 06-11-2002, 06:38 AM   #6
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My XF86Config file ALREADY says the following and it still doesn't work. Can anyone help?

This has been bolded and quoted for readability

Section "InputDevice"
Driver "mouse"
Identifier "Mouse[1]"
Option "Device" "/dev/mouse"
Option "Name" "Autodetection"
Option "Protocol" "imps/2"
Option "Vendor" "Sysp"


NOTE: This mouse is USB and I'm running SuSE 7.3 Pro

Last edited by shassouneh; 06-11-2002 at 06:40 AM.
Old 06-11-2002, 06:55 AM   #7
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never mind folks. I edited my XF86Config file and added the ZAxisMapping thingy, then restarted my X Server and I was good to go. Sorry to waste your time


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