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Old 07-17-2004, 11:03 AM   #1
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MS Intellimouse back/forward buttons

i've got a Microsoft Intellimouse 5 button USB optical mouse. the thing works fine except my forward/back buttons are read by the system as middle click. i've had this mouse for about 3 years now so it's too much to ask that i should be able to use all the functions on it... and also 3 years of using these features and now i'm so used to it that i really don't want to get used to clicking back and forward buttons on the browser. anyone have any suggestions?

Edit: Mandrake 10.0 with whatever kernel they put on their ISO files

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Old 07-17-2004, 01:24 PM   #2
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first, make sure that the driver you have listed in your xorgconfig (or XF86Config, depending on whether you're running XFree86 or is listed as "imps2".

If that doesn't work, the following should definately do the trick:
Old 07-17-2004, 01:25 PM   #3
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whoops, make that "imps/2"
Old 07-18-2004, 04:45 PM   #4
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i tried to follow those instructions but somehow it didn't work. xmodmap returned error: unknown command when i typed it in the terminal.
Old 07-23-2004, 04:46 AM   #5
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I have tried all this over and over and it dont work.

Kernel 2.6.6 SMP, IntelliMouse Explorer USB 7 buttons.
No matter what I do X sees buttons 6 and 7 as 3 and 2 respectively.
Using xmodmap and imwheel. They provide nothing. Wheel UP and DOWN appear as buttons 4 and 5.
Tried switching 4 and 5 for 6 and 7 in xmodmap to no effect - exactly the same result.
Has ANYONE actually got one of these things to work (I mean really work - ALL 7 buttons, wheel and stuff).
Because I really dont have time to write a special driver for it if I dont have to.


I'm sorry bout the whine - really frustrated.

Old 07-23-2004, 12:44 PM   #6
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davewhitla - sorry that your running into a temporary roadblock. Can you post the contents of your xorg.conf file (which will be in /etc/X11 if I remember correctly). Being able to see what settings you've got should assist greatly in diagnosing the issue.

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