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Old 09-16-2006, 09:13 AM   #1
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Annoying scroll problem

Hi there, i've used firefox as my web browser in linux for sometime now and i have this irritating problem when i scroll down a page quickly. It seems to interpret quick scrolling as wanting to cycle back (or forth) through my webpage history rather than up or down the page. I've looked in the setup for both the mouse and the browser and cant find the option to disable it. Was wondering if anyone knew how to stop it to keep my sanity when looking through long webpages. It doesnt happen on the same browser in windows
Old 09-16-2006, 03:16 PM   #2
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I don't have the details. Yet it sounds like the software has a bug. I'd try to see if there is an updated version of Foxfire, and see if installing that doesn't solve it. If not I'd send its programmers a detailed bug report.


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Old 09-16-2006, 03:33 PM   #3
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Hi, this behaviour also happens when you do SHIFT + scrolling.
Maybe a sticky key or a sticky finger :-)

I found the same problem, and on my setup: Ubuntu Drake, FF it appears to occur only when a page is still loading. When loading is complete, nothing funny happens.

Maybe it was intended behaviour, sort of "quick cancel current download" by flicking the scroll wheel up-n-down?

Last edited by henklaak; 09-16-2006 at 03:41 PM.
Old 09-17-2006, 08:48 AM   #4
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I've got the latest updates of firefox, think i'll check on the sticky keys and then send the developers an email.
Old 09-17-2006, 11:16 AM   #5
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Why don't you post that part of your xorg.conf file here related to your mouse settings?
Old 09-17-2006, 04:29 PM   #6
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This is the pointer section of my Xorg.conf

# **********************************************************************
# Core Pointer's InputDevice section
# **********************************************************************

Section "InputDevice"

# Identifier and driver

Identifier "Mouse1"
Driver "mouse"
Option "Protocol" "Auto" # Auto detect
Option "Device" "/dev/input/mice"

# When using XQUEUE, comment out the above two lines, and uncomment
# the following line.

# Option "Protocol" "Xqueue"

# Mouse-speed setting for PS/2 mouse.

# Option "Resolution" "256"

# Baudrate and SampleRate are only for some Logitech mice. In
# almost every case these lines should be omitted.

# Option "BaudRate" "9600"
# Option "SampleRate" "150"

# Mouse wheel mapping. Default is to map vertical wheel to buttons 4 & 5,
# horizontal wheel to buttons 6 & 7. Change if your mouse has more than
# 3 buttons and you need to map the wheel to different button ids to avoid
# conflicts.

Option "ZAxisMapping" "4 5 6 7"

# Emulate3Buttons is an option for 2-button mice
# Emulate3Timeout is the timeout in milliseconds (default is 50ms)

# Option "Emulate3Buttons"
# Option "Emulate3Timeout" "50"

# ChordMiddle is an option for some 3-button Logitech mice

# Option "ChordMiddle"


hope this helps.
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Try including the line below in the InputDevice that is for your mouse.
Option "Buttons" "X"

X designates the maximum number of buttons your mouse contains. Each scroll wheel counts as two buttons.

If that does not work and you are using Xorg version 7, add the following command in the same section.
Option "ButtonMapping" "1 2 3 4 5"

This forces support for a five button mouse which is my mouse (Logitech MX300), so count up all the buttons of your mouse and list the numbers.

Use a utility called xev to help you test your setup.
Old 09-18-2006, 06:42 AM   #8
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I have a logitech explorer mouse with two click buttons and a scroll wheel (which can act as another button if depressed) I presume that makes it have 2+2 buttons. I added the commands as suggested and it hasnt had any effect. On further investigation, the webpage scrolling only occurs if it violently scroll up having just scrolled down (if that helps).


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