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    Re: How-to Scrollwheel Effect on Logitech trackball (Marble Mouse)

    Glad you find the howto usefull. Anyway, way trackball is connected using the USB port too and not PS/2. Perhaps I should include my whole xorg.conf file as reference.

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    Re: How-to Scrollwheel Effect on Logitech trackball (Marble Mouse)

    Oh really. In that case posting your xorg.conf will be really helpful.

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    Re: How-to Scrollwheel Effect on Logitech trackball (Marble Mouse)

    And how is the xorg.conf if the the trackball is in a laptop with touchpad?
    thks

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    Re: How-to Scrollwheel Effect on Logitech trackball (Marble Mouse)

    Hi I was wondering how can I go about making the following configuration:
    - 2 (which is the larger two buttons held together) for scrolling
    - 8 and 9 Back/Forward (Firefox Browser)

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    Re: How-to Scrollwheel Effect on Logitech trackball (Marble Mouse)

    Good howto. The only problem is, if I carry out the about:config tweaks for firefox, then the two buttons on my microsoft trackball which had previously moved forward or back a page in the browsing history, have stopped working.

    Anyway to have the ball to scroll but keep other buttons for forward and back?


    Hmm, well, just changed the about:config settings back to default, and left the changes in xorg.conf as per the instructions, and forward, back and mousewheel emulation all work. Good good..



    Just had to edit again - this is sweet..
    Last edited by jonboy99; January 2nd, 2007 at 10:44 PM.

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    Re: How-to Scrollwheel Effect on Logitech trackball (Marble Mouse)

    Great howto. I also use a USB Marble Mouse but I didn't have to change anything from Buffalo Soldier's original post.

    I appreciate the howto, but now I'm left with a question. I mapped 8 for my scrolling but 9 is still sitting there not doing anything. How do I map 9 to perform the browser's 'back' function?

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    Re: How-to Scrollwheel Effect on Logitech trackball (Marble Mouse)

    Quote Originally Posted by Buffalo Soldier View Post
    End Result
    Using trackball to emulate wheel button scroll (horizontal & vertical) in web browser (Epiphany 2.14.0 and Firefox 1.5.0.1).

    Method

    Open xorg.conf file using a text editor (gedit). Go to Applications -> Accessories -> Terminal and enter command:
    Code:
    sudo gedit /etc/X11/xorg.conf
    Edit the section that contains the entry for your mouse.
    Code:
    Section "InputDevice"
    	Identifier	"Configured Mouse"
    	Driver		"mouse"
    	Option		"CorePointer"
    	Option		"Device"		"/dev/input/mice"
    	Option		"Protocol"		"ExplorerPS/2"
    	Option		"Emulate3Buttons"	"true"
    	Option		"Buttons"		"9"
    	Option		"EmulateWheel"		"1"
    	Option		"EmulateWheelButton"	"8"
    	Option		"YAxisMapping"		"4 5" 
    	Option		"XAxisMapping"		"6 7" 
    EndSection
    * For left-handed people. Use this:
    Code:
    Option		"EmulateWheelButton"	"9"
    Go to Epiphany / Firefox address bar and type:
    Code:
    about:config
    Filter for the word scroll and look for these lines:
    Code:
    mousewheel.horizscroll.withnokey.action		default		integer	2
    mousewheel.horizscroll.withnokey.sysnumlines	default		boelean	false
    Change the default value into new values:
    Code:
    mousewheel.horizscroll.withnokey.action		user set	integer	0
    mousewheel.horizscroll.withnokey.sysnumlines	user set	boelean	true
    References:

    a. Xorg user documentation


    b. mozillaZine
    Works Great

    thanks!!
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    Re: How-to Scrollwheel Effect on Logitech trackball (Marble Mouse)

    Quote Originally Posted by PowerlessRacing View Post
    Great howto. I also use a USB Marble Mouse but I didn't have to change anything from Buffalo Soldier's original post.

    I appreciate the howto, but now I'm left with a question. I mapped 8 for my scrolling but 9 is still sitting there not doing anything. How do I map 9 to perform the browser's 'back' function?
    well that button would "autoscroll", but you have it disabled in firefox.
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    Re: How-to Scrollwheel Effect on Logitech trackball (Marble Mouse)

    Thanks to all who contributed to this thread. I was able to use this information to finally get my Logitech Marble Mouse working in something other than "most basic" mode. Having so done, I'll add the following brief observations.

    Per asplode's comment, below, scrolling works a bit differently than I'd expected. For a right-handed user, pressing and holding the small left-side button allows one to pan (scroll on both the x and y axes).

    I discovered I didn't need to reconfigure Firefox 2.0.0.2 to use this new panning behavior. Moreover, I also discovered that when running Firefox 2, simultaneously clicking both the left and right-side large buttons displays a universal scrolling icon which I can then use to pan within the Firefox window. Clicking any button returns Firefox to normal operation.

    Finally, I'll mention in passing that scrolling or panning in Firefox wasn't (isn't) my biggest problem insofar as I've become quite fond of the Grab and Drag add-on (nee extension) available for both Firefox and Thunderbird. See https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/1250

    Cheers and thanks again to all,
    Ric
    SFO
    Last edited by Phrawm48; May 5th, 2007 at 05:53 AM.

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    Re: How-to Scrollwheel Effect on Logitech trackball (Marble Mouse)

    Quote Originally Posted by Phrawm48 View Post
    Thanks to all who contributed to this thread. I was able to use this information to finally get my Logitech Marble Mouse working in something other than "most basic" mode. Having so done, I'll add the following brief observations.

    Per asplode's comment, below, scrolling works a bit differently than I'd expected. For a right-handed user, pressing and holding the small left-side button allows one to pan (scroll on both the x and y axes).

    I discovered I didn't need to reconfigure Firefox 2.0.0.2 to use this new panning behavior. Moreover, I also discovered that when running Firefox 2, simultaneously clicking both the left and right-side large buttons displays a universal scrolling icon which I can then use to pan within the Firefox window. Clicking any button returns Firefox to normal operation.

    Finally, I'll mention in passing that scrolling or panning in Firefox wasn't (isn't) my biggest problem insofar as I've become quite fond of the Grab and Drag add-on (nee extension) available for both Firefox and Thunderbird. See https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/1250

    Cheers and thanks again to all,
    Ric
    SFO
    that is a wonderful addon!
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