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Old 02-14-2007, 02:23 PM   #1
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Microsoft Wireless Laser Mouse 8000

Is this mouse supported in linux? It's a bluetooth mouse.

I know the laser cordless mice like the Logitech MX1000 have good linux support in general, but haven't heard much about bluetooth mouse support.

Old 02-14-2007, 03:58 PM   #2
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Is this mouse supported in linux? It's a bluetooth mouse.
Well, you have five (at least) options :

1] If you already have one, try it and see if it works.
2] Consult the Hardware Compatability List (HCL) to see if it is listed. Add an entry it doesn't.
3] Google for the name of the mouse & "linux" to see other people's experiences.
4] Find out why it doesn't work and build your own driver.
5] Ask the Microsoft why they don't provide a linux "driver", or the details of how the mouse interface works so someone clever than myself can write a module for it.

Linux is free software. In the abscence of manufacturer's support, and let's face it MS are unlikely to help you here, it may take months for someone sufficiently interested in a MS bluetooth mouse to reverse-engineer the protocols and make it work.

Google is your friend!
Old 03-23-2007, 05:01 AM   #3
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micro$oft notebook presenter mouse 8000

I have managed to get the basics working with this mouse in FC6 with a billion bluetooth pcmcia card in my Toshiba A120 notebook.
as yet no scroll wheel... only the 2 main buttons and the scroll wheel BUTTON work...not the scroll itself....
I'll get there... I think need to have a play with the xorg.conf a little.
One thing id really like to know is
How many buttons does this mouse have?? [as far as the xorg.conf is concerned]
And how do I find out?

It is a great mouse. I like the feel of the hight back end of it.
Old 04-03-2007, 02:54 AM   #4
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Got most of the mouse working with my laptop's integrated bluetooth and with bluetooth patches from http[column]:[double slash]//www[dot]bluez[dot]org[slash]patches[dot]html, (stoopid posting rules)

left button as button 1 (left click)
right button as button 3 (right click)
wheel click down as button 2 (middle click)
underside volume buttons with the folowing ~/.Xmodmap
keycode 176 = XF86AudioRaiseVolume
keycode 174 = XF86AudioLowerVolume

Kindof working:
left thumb button as button 2 (middle click)
right thumb button as button 3 (right click)
switch presenter/mouse works but no event is seen in Xorg

Not working
underside buttons (prev, next, play/pause)
Old 04-04-2007, 02:28 AM   #5
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Hey nailuii,
thats some great info. thanks! Volume control = fantastic!
Thats more than I expected.

Question tho:
Does your scroll wheel work?
Any chance you could post you xorg.conf if you get a min?
Unfortunately I'm still stuck with no scroll wheel....
Is that what the bluetooth patch from bluez[dot]org is for?
Thanks for the info.
Its a neat little mouse. packed with features. and looks good too... not like those ugly BT logitech ones.
I'll bet these little babies will be getting popular soon.
Even tho it is made by (cough)microsoft(cough)

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scroll wheel did not work for me until I patched the kernel with the patch from (which makes me think that from those files you can also get the other buttons working hmmm....)

in xorg.conf you configure it just like any other wheel mouse:
Section "InputDevice"
Identifier "Mouse"
Driver "mouse"
Option "Protocol" "IMPS/2"
Option "Device" "/dev/input/mice"

Option "ZAxisMapping" "4 5"
you can use the "xev" app to see what events is receiving from the mouse (or any other input devices for that matter)


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