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Old 07-29-2003, 08:21 PM   #1
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Unhappy 5 button mouse

Red Hat 9 refers a number of times to 3 button mouses (mice?), and even to some sort of mythical "2 button mouse" that can miraculously be made to perform as if it had 3 buttons.

Well, what about those of us that have 5 buttons on our damn mouses? Plus a wheel?! I have a Microsoft Optical Intellimouse - it has the usual 2 buttons on the top (plus a wheel that is also a button) and, additionally, a button on either side; I've gotten very used to using these buttons to navigate web pages (they function as forward/back buttons) and now, it seems, they are unsupported by Linux, or at least Red Hat, or at least not officially.

Please help me kick my windows habit - give me my mouse back!
Old 07-29-2003, 08:58 PM   #2
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This would help you.

I'll also try it when i get back home. Now I'm at work and only have 2 button wheel mouse.
Old 07-29-2003, 09:15 PM   #3
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Okay, this may not make your day, but you can get those to work with a little effort on your part. The upside is that once you figure it out, you'll be able to carry that across to a linux version, and even things like freeBSD and anything else that uses XFree86. The downside is that it's going to take a little reading and tinkering. I'd go through the motions myself to save you the trouble, but I only have a generic wheelmouse.

Basically, all you have to do is edit your /etc/X11/XF86Config file to see the buttons, and describe what they are for. XFree86 will work with all kinds of mice, so that shouldn't be a problem. The trick is finding out exactly what you need to do.

For this, I recommend stopping in at , then clicking Support, documentation, resources. From there, check out the xfree86 man pages. There is a link to configuring mouse support,

That should at least give you some idea of what you need to do. Hope that helps.
Old 07-30-2003, 06:14 PM   #4
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In fact, if you search these forums, you should find your answer. It was posted a while ago by a certain Acid Kewpie. I believe that the thread's title was exactly the same as this, actually.


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