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Old 06-23-2002, 08:13 PM   #1
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Unhappy Scrolling with Logitech mouse in X

I have a Logitech Cordless keyboard and what is described
as a Cordless MouseMan Wheel, which works very well but
only scrolls in Windows. Logitech says that it only supports
full operation of the mouse in Windows or Mac. However, I
notice that of the alternatives for a mouse protocol in the
XF56Config file Logitech is listed. I don't know if this refers to
older products but would like to explore the possibility of
making the scroll feature work in Linux (Slackware 8.0)

While the scroll feature does not work in Linux, the mouse
works very well as a two-button peripheral. XF86Config
contains the following setup for the mouse:

Section "InputDevice"
Identifier "Mouse0"
Driver "mouse"
Option "Protocol" "PS/2"
Option "Device" "/dev/mouse"

Is anyone aware of another protocol or other alteration
which would allow the mouse wheel to achieve scrolling?
Old 06-23-2002, 09:10 PM   #2
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Your setup is very close to what I use for a MS Wheel mouse. In my XF86Config I use the following options.

Option "Protocol" "IMPS/2"
Option "Device" "/dev/psaux"
Option "Resolution" "300"
Option "ZAxisMapping" "4 5"
Option "Buttons" "3"

Note: There is a space between the "4" and the "5" in the "4 5" item above.

I have several boxes using the setup above and the wheel works great. Cheers!
Old 06-23-2002, 10:18 PM   #3
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Well, thanks. Unfortunately this didn't allow
scrolling although the mouse otherwise works

Any other suggestions are very welcomed.
Old 06-23-2002, 11:15 PM   #4
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Whoops, may have spoken too soon. Scrolling
seems to work in all Gnome applications; it
does not work in Netscape.

Go figure!
Old 06-23-2002, 11:54 PM   #5
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Netscape is not a "wheel aware" application.

You can get this working with imwheel but you may find may of the newer browsers have wheel support already.. Mozilla, Galeon etc ...

Do the g00gle for imwheel if you still think you need it

Old 06-24-2002, 03:04 AM   #6
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after you modify your X config file you need to run a command in the console like

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

this got mine working like a charm... it will probably have different numbers howerver since i am using an intellimouse with 7 buttons.
Old 06-24-2002, 03:54 AM   #7
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also make sure you have XFree 4.0 or above since the earlier versions dont work with ZaxisMapping option, and be sure you spelled the ZaxiMapping in XF86Conf correctly and resatrt your X server and it should work..
Hope that helps
Old 06-24-2002, 07:22 AM   #8
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This is the config I have for a five button optical mouse w/wheel on the ps/2 port,
Section "InputDevice"

# Identifier and driver

    Identifier	"Mouse1"
    Driver	"mouse"
    Option "Protocol"    "ExplorerPS/2"
    Option "Device"      "/dev/psaux"
    Option "Buttons"     "7"
    Option "ZAxisMapping" "6 7"
I have a script in ~/.kde/Autostart that sets xmodmap when I 'startx"

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

And another script in the same location that starts imwheel

imwheel -k -b "67"
And this is my imwheelrc
 None, Up, Alt_L|Left
 None, Down, Alt_L|Right
With all of this I have all my buttons and the wheel working and the side buttons are mapped to <Alt><Left> and <Alt><Right> for Forward/Back navigation in Konqueror, Netscape, Mozilla and Galleon.
Old 06-25-2002, 02:41 PM   #9
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Thanks Excalibur .. you got my mouse working to ..


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