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Old 10-15-2005, 07:54 PM   #1
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Microsoft Intellimouse Explorer 2.0 and Digital Media Pro Keyboard with SuSE

I am using SuSE 10, and as the title says, I have a Microsoft keyboard and mouse. The Microsoft Intellimouse Explorer 2.0 and Digital Media Pro Keyboard. In using SuSE there is a distinct loss of features they both had in Windows.

IntelliMouse Explorer 2.0:
(I am using it PS/2) I have the right and left click working fine, the scrollwheel works, even the pushing the scroll wheel works...But It has more features I would like to have here in SuSE. The scrollwheel also has a tilting feature(left and right) which normally moves a page left and right in Windows. It also has 2 sidebuttons which were mapped to "forward" and "back" which worked as forward and back in FireFox and IE and Explorer etc for browsing the web and files.
I tried following the XFree86 mans, but they only mention use of mapping the sidebuttons to mimic mouse scroll, which is not how I want to use them. I have searched on google, and the LQ forums, I cannot yet find a way of mapping these buttons, any help?

Digital Media Pro Keyboard:
It is no standard 104 key, but I see no options for selecting even a resembling keyboard through the YAST/x11. I get a few options, but none activate any of the buttons which are why I have this keyboard. I would like to have my Zoom slider functioning, all the hot buttons for Mail, Web, Messenger, Calculator, etc, volume buttons, and media access for play/pause. Is any/all of this possible somehow with my keyboard? Is there a way to add this kind of keyboard as a device in x11?

Old 10-16-2005, 01:26 PM   #2
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I personally believe that right and left scroll is software emulated. For this reason wouldn't work. About extra buttons, perhaps you should increase the number of buttons on Xorg.config file to 7
The most complex keyboard that that Linux supports today is 105 iso intl.
And why would anybody need more than 105 keys?
Old 10-17-2005, 10:46 AM   #3
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I too have a 7 "button" (the wheel counts as 3) mouse. (BTW, it sounds like yours qualifies as a 9 button model.)

I have had the problem of finding a use for the extra buttons on the back burner for a while.
Perhaps if you would post links to things you have looked at it might help both of us find a solution.
Old 10-17-2005, 09:31 PM   #4
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You did not get back with me on the mouse problem, try this to get the side buttons working, This is my xorg.conf file in /etc/x11:

Section "InputDevice"
Driver "mouse"
Identifier "Mouse[1]"
Option "Buttons" "7"
Option "Device" "/dev/input/mice"
Option "Name" "ExplorerPS/2 on USB"
Option "Protocol" "ExplorerPS/2"
Option "Vendor" "USB-Mouse"
Option "ZAxisMapping" "6 7"

This is for the Intellimouse 2.0, there are actually nine buttons but I have not been able to get them to work. This will at least get your side buttons working. After you change the xorg.conf file create the following file: /etc: profile.local

After you create it run the following code:

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

The 6 and 7 button can be reversed if you want the back button to be the first side button. Let me know if this works.
Old 10-23-2005, 01:24 PM   #5
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Bingo. That did indeed get it working. Thank you very much. I lookk forward to the day someone figures out the keyboard stuff though, and the sidescrolling with the middle button.
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Glad to hear you got the side buttons working, as far as the tilt wheel, maybe one of the days somebody will figure it out. The only thing I used it is Excel spreadsheets at work and not that often. Later!
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am I foobarred on the keyboard?
Old 05-22-2007, 02:05 PM   #8
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yes you are foobarred on the keyboard, as I have the same problem.


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