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    Having two different mouse devices at the same time

    On my desktop, I've got an IBM model M keyboard with a trackpoint built into it (attached via the PS2 mouse port). I also have a wireless USB mouse. My problem is that the mouse settings required for each are different.

    Basically, if I set up my mouse speed and sensitivity so that the trackpoint work properly, then my USB mouse is too fast. If I set it up for the USB mouse, the trackpoint is so slow as to be unusable. I was wondering if there was some way to set up my mouse settings such that a different speed/sensitivity would be used by the PS2 mouse (trackpoint) and the USB mouse.

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    Re: Having two different mouse devices at the same time

    Dumb question... why not just have 1 mouse?

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    That's a good question. The solution may involve messing with a copy of /etc/X11/xorg.conf, though. Out of the box, ubuntu treats all mice the same and as a single mouse. You might get some hints from multi-seat, and just do the part for the mice:

    http://blog.chris.tylers.info/index....dow-System-X11

    Myself, if I would want that if I plug in two mice I would get two pointers on the screen.

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    Re: Having two different mouse devices at the same time

    What I don't get is that it works fine on my Thinkpad. I have a dock with a USB mouse, and I use the trackpoint when undocked. The mouse speed is fine for both the trackpoint and the USB mouse.

    As for why the two pointing devices: trackpoint is useful for coding or writing, when I don't want to take my hands off the home row. But the mouse is essential for Photoshop.

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    Re: Having two different mouse devices at the same time

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    Still having no luck with getting the two pointing devices to work optimally. What I want to know is whether or not theres a way that Gnome can say "Hey, he has two pointing devices! Maybe I should let him set different speeds for each."

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    Re: Having two different mouse devices at the same time

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    Re: Having two different mouse devices at the same time

    You might consider using xset:

    http://manpages.ubuntu.com/manpages/...n1/xset.1.html

    You could set up two shell scripts, one script for each device, containing a command such as the following:

    Code:
    #!/bin/bash
    
    xset m 6 2
    Change the settings in accordance with your preferences.

    Run the appropriate script for the device you wish to use.

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