Finally (or no longer) the Gentoo Wiki/Docs haven't been able to help me make the wheel-tilt buttons work.
I see a few similar or near-identical threads, but following them hasn't worked either.
Goal: Use the tilt wheel to go BACK/FWD in Firefox
Problem: No signal or code is detected from the tilt action.
I've been at this for a couple hours now. Tried the usual button-mappings in xorg.conf, which I'm still/always using anyhow:
ButtonMapping "1 2 3 6 7"
Zaxismapping "4 5"
The scroll wheel works fine, but tilting does nothing. Firefox itself is configured correctly via about
:config to use the tilt for BACK/FWD.
Trouble is, I can't detect anything at all coming from the tilt.
`xev` reports nothing, but correctly reports all other buttons/motions.
`xmodmap -pp` lists a total of 32 buttons (most virtual I guess) and I can use `xmodmap` to rearrange the working buttons, but trying to tell xmodmap to do anything with any buttons other than 1-7 returns an error. There's definitely 7 buttons total.
As a test, I xmodmapped the scroll wheel (4+5) onto buttons 6+7 to make sure FF is configged correctly, and it is: scrolling the wheel went BACK/FWD in the browser.
I'm fairly certain 6+7 should be the tilt.
FWIW, on the other machine here, running Slack11, I used to use a 9-button mouse (wireless) and the tilt worked fine in that situation IIRC, as did the thumb buttons.
This is a fairly basic wired USB mouse. I did have it connected to PS/2 with an adapter, but eventually thought maybe that was the trouble. So I connected it right to USB, and it's identical. No change.
Also, it's worth noting that:
1-- xorg.0.log shows the mouse detected as 'ExplorerPS/2' if I set protocol='auto' in xorg.conf
2-- I'm NOT using HAL for input devices. It's disabled with the 3 magic lines in xorg.conf.
3-- I tried a few other xorg.conf options, but to no avail. Maybe they'd work, IF
the dumb buttons would generate some signal.
4-- I checked "CHANGES+HINTS" and the Slack64 "CHANGELOG" but there's nothing relevant in there pertaining to this.
Anyone have any clever ideas?