[techtalk] Problems with mouse and X

Gina Lanik geek.grrl at chello.at
Sat Mar 24 20:19:48 EST 2001


what you can try for sure is look into the settings for gpm, they're 
usually not usuable/correct. I use debian potato here with a MS 
intellimouse. part of my settings of /etc/X11/XF86Config are:

Section "Pointer"
    Protocol    "IMPS/2"
    Device      "/dev/mouse"
    ZAxisMapping        4 5

where /dev/mouse is a symlink to /dev/psaux since it's a PS/2 mouse, 
too. you have to disable Emluate3Buttons for it to work, though.

my settings for gpm are:

Current configuration: -m /dev/mouse -t imps2
Device: /dev/mouse
Type: imps2

you can use gpmconfig to fix the settings.

a site with lots of useful info (at least for me) can be found on:



On Sat, 24 Mar 2001 09:20:14 PST, "jennyw" writes:
>I'm using an Microsoft's optical mouse (Intellieye), and am having trouble
>getting it to work well with X.  In particular, I can't get the mouse to
>emulate the middle button (I tried using Emulate3Buttons). I'm using Debian
>2.2 which comes with XFree86 Although I think this is an X issue,
>I'm also running Ximian Gnome and Enlightenment, in case that makes a
>I read in the Enlightenment dox that changing the protocol to
>"MouseManPlusPS/2" and adding ZAxisMapping and Buttons 5 would help for a
>wheel mouse (and not using Emulate3Buttons).  Unfotunately, changing the
>protocol caused the pointer to jump around weirdly, so I changed the
>protocol back to "microsoft".  It works okay again, but I can't seem to get
>either the additional buttons (including the wheel) to work. Any
>My pointer section currently:
>Section "Pointer"
>#       Protocol "PS/2"
>#       Device "/dev/mouse"
>#       Protocol "MousemanPlusPS/2"
>        Protocol "microsoft"
>        Device "/dev/mouse" #symlink to /dev/psaux
>        ZAxisMapping 4 5
>        Buttons 5
>#        Emulate3Buttons

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