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Old 10-27-2004, 11:37 AM   #1
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imwheel microsoft trackball

hi i have a problem ...

i'm trying to get my extra "microsoft trackball explorer" buttons working so i can browse forward and backward with them in mozilla firefox ...

my mouse looks like this

i used this tutorial

the tutorial is meant for an intellimouse i guess and not trackball explorer but in windows they use the same driver

yet these is a problem the guy sets his scroll buttons as 6 & 7 which means offcourse that when he scrolls in xev the mouse wheel op gets recognides as 6 and down as 7

when i click in "xev"

my left button (bottom on the left of the trackball see picture) is 1
my right button (upper on the left of the trackball ) is 3
middle mouse button (scroll wheel inbetween bottom and upper button on the left) is 2
scrolling up is 4
down is 5
and the two buttons on the right don't return 6 & 7 but just 2 & 3 again ....

i did the xmodmap but a bit different because my scroll are 4 & 5
so xmodmap -e "pointer = 1 2 3 4 5 6 7"
allready had imwheel installed and made the file he said
yet my extra buttons still get recognised as 2 & 3 ( and scroll ISN'T recognised at all , but i'll fix that)

so when browsing , the extra buttons just act as right mouse & middle mouse
Old 10-29-2004, 01:22 PM   #2
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isn't there anyone out there who thinks knowing what my problem is ?
Old 12-02-2007, 07:48 PM   #3
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I know this topic is years old, but I still get referred to it in google, so here's how to fix the problem. I'm using Linux Mint 4.0, but I have every faith this helps in other distros. I have tried every other solution listed at linuxquestions or the Ubuntu forums with no luck.

1) At some point, I installed imwheel.  
I honestly don't know if it makes a difference after all the tricks and hacks I tried, but .. .eh, do it.

sudo apt-get install imwheel

2) Whip out your sudo and edit your mouse section in /etc/X11/xorg.conf
Section "InputDevice"
        Identifier      "Configured Mouse"
        Driver          "mouse"
        Option          "CorePointer"
        Option          "Device"        "/dev/input/mice"
        Option          "Protocol"      "ExplorerPS/2"
        Option          "Buttons"       "7"
        Option          "ZAxisMapping"  "4 5"
#       Option          "Emulate3Buttons"       "false"

3) You'll have to make sure this is executed every login.  
An easy way to make is go to Prefs > Sessions and Add this as a Startup Program.

xmodmap -e "pointer = 1 2 3 4 5 8 9 6 7 10 11"


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