Microsoft Intellimouse Optical & Redhat Linux

Ain't posted here in a while... been quite busy, but here goes :)

I woulda thought this was an OS issue due to it working fine in WinXP.
I've just recently installed Redhat 9 and XP in a dual boot (using NT bootloader, not LILO/GRUB) and the only thing I'm finding an issue is the side buttons on my mouse aren't working. I was wondering if there was some sort of app/kernel addition which I could get to make the extra buttons work? I'm lost without the Back/Forward functions they gave me on the Internet browsers.

Thanks in advance


Glaanies script monkey
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Its not easy, but can be done. Download and install IMWHEEL; then

XF86CONFIG file:

# Identifier and driver

Identifier "Mouse1"
Driver "mouse"

# On platforms where PnP mouse detection is supported the following
# protocol setting can be used when using a newer PnP mouse:

# Option "Protocol" "Auto"

# The available mouse protocols types that you can set below are:
# Auto BusMouse GlidePoint GlidePointPS/2 IntelliMouse IMPS/2
# Logitech Microsoft MMHitTab MMSeries Mouseman MouseManPlusPS/2
# MouseSystems NetMousePS/2 NetScrollPS/2 OSMouse PS/2 SysMouse
# ThinkingMouse ThinkingMousePS/2 Xqueue
Option "Protocol" "ExplorerPS/2"
Option "Buttons" "7"
Option "ZAxisMapping" "6 7"
Now you have to add a startup script to /etc/profile.d/:

xmodmap -e "pointer = 1 2 3 6 7 4 5"
and (I can only get this to work with KDE's autostart, on fluxbox I have a shortcut to this script and execute it after logging in, if you include the line in the startup script bad things happen) add a script to the KDE autostart folder (if you are using KDE)

imwheel -k -p -b "67"
Last, you have to add a .imwheelrc file to the home directories:

None, Up, Alt_L|Left
None, Down, Alt_L|Right
Yeah, I had to go through some similar editing of the XF86Config file to get virtual scrolling and touch-zones enabled for my touchpad.

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