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Old 08-16-2003, 05:20 AM   #1
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Logitech MX 500


I'm trying to get all the buttons on my Logitech MX-500 to work properly. So far the right, left, up, down, scrool button and the scrool wheel is working, but the 2 buttons on the side aren't working..

Can someone give me a working configuration to make all the buttons work ?

Old 08-16-2003, 09:42 AM   #2
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Does it claim to be MS Explorer compatible? If so for XF86Config-4:

Section "InputDevice"
Identifier "PS/2 Mouse"
Driver "mouse"
Option "Protocol" "ExplorerPS/2"
Option "ZAxisMapping" "6 7"
Option "Device" "/dev/psaux"
Option "SendCoreEvents" "true"
Option "Buttons" "7"

Then it seems like you have to remap the buttons so the wheel becomes 4 and 5 and the side buttons 6 and 7. Run

% xmodmap -e "pointer = 1 2 3 6 7 4 5"

In KDE3 that seems to be enough. But some people report having to also use 'imwheel' to get their apps to respond correctly. If you search this site for 'imwheel' you should find plenty of advice on that.

If all this works you can create/edit /etc/X11/Xmodmap to contain the line

pointer = 1 2 3 6 7 4 5

Then X will swap the buttons every time it starts.

Running 'xev' is helpful for figuring out what is happening with the different buttons. Maybe you can figure out some variation if this doesn't work.


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