Configuring the Intellimouse Explorer in XFree86
Written By: deadman
After many many hours of restarting X, we've found that, in order to get
all seven of the buttons to be visible to X, you need to define the mouse
Option "Protocol" "ExplorerPS/2"
Option "Device" "/dev/mouse"
Option "Buttons" "7"
Option "ZAxisMapping" "6 7"
If left as-is, your scrolling will occur with the "side buttons" and NOT
with the wheel, so one has to
xmodmap -e "pointer = 1 2 3 6 7 4 5"
to get the wheel working correctly. I have this in a shell script that
GNOME executes on startup. If anyone knows any other way to make this
permanent, please email me. I've tried ~/.Xdefaults ~/.xdefaults
~/.xinitrc ~/.xsession and a couple of things in /etc/X11/ and none of
If you set ZAxisMapping to "4 5" the mousewheel will work, but X won't see
the other buttons. (xev)
I've posted a screenshot of
xev showing the 6 and 7 mouse events.
Once you have this configured, you may wish to head over to Colas Nahaboo X mouse wheel scroll page.
He has a lot of good information on how to get various applications
working with the mouse-wheel.
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