Re: How to use many (more than 6) button mouse devices?
Thanks for the reply. I've tried various combinations of the Buttons
and ZAxisMapping (ie. Buttons=12, ZAxisMapping="11 12") along with the
appropriate xmodmap changes following the pattern laid out mouse(4x)
and many of the "help get me mouse working with X" web pages. I've also
tried ignoring the 6 special button and treating my trackball as a 6 button
mouse (4 + wheel) and making the suggested changes to my XF86Config file.
It seems that the "optimal" settings require that the ZaxisMapping option
must be "4 5" and Buttons can be anything >= 5. By optimal I mean I get
three working buttons and the wheel works. Anything else breaks the wheel
(and limits the number of usable buttons if I set Buttons below 3 of
Are 3-button mice hard coded into XFree86 (and/or the kernel)? It looks to
me like all of the support for devices with more buttons (ie. wheel mice)
is special-cased in for each particular model. Is there any work in
progress to develop a more abstract approach to mouse-like devices?
On Sat, 08 Mar 2003, Ian Eure wrote:
> On Friday 07 March 2003 08:28 am, Brad Sawatzky wrote:
> > I've got myself a Kensington ExpertMouse Pro USB trackball. The thing has
> > 6 "special" buttons (ie. intended for exe launching, etc)
> > 4 regular buttons
> > 1 wheel
> > My current XFree86 (v 4.2.x) Config block is:
> > Section "InputDevice"
> > Identifier "TurboMouse"
> > Driver "mouse"
> > Option "CorePointer"
> > #Option "SendCoreEvents" "true"
> > Option "Device" "/dev/input/mice"
> > Option "Protocol" "ImPS/2"
> > Option "Buttons" "12"
> > Option "ZAxisMapping" "4 5"
> > EndSection
> > This gives me three usable regular buttons (ie. right, left, middle),
> > and a working wheel. In 'xev' the fourth regular button generates a
> > button3 event, and none of the special buttons register at all. The
> > XF86Config "Buttons" option doesn't seem to do much at all...
> > I tried the Protocol options "auto" and "usb" but X bailed with an error
> > that it couldn't find a working mouse (or something to that effect).
> > I've googled usenet and the web for a couple days now without any success.
> > There is a sourceforge project called jamd <http://jamd.sourceforge.net/>
> > that looks like it might work but it appears to have been idle for quite a
> > while. Ideally, I would be happy if I could export the "extra" button
> > events as keypresses (which could then be mapped as I chose).
> > Any suggestions?
> Take a look at http://www.deadman.org/X/xbuttons.html,
> http://www.xfree86.org/current/mouse.html and mouse(4x).
> Haven't tried it myself, but maybe I will when I get back to my system with
> the Intellimouse.
Brad Sawatzky <email@example.com>
University of Virginia Physics Department
Ph: (434) 924-6580 Fax: (434) 924-4576