How do you make the logitech mouse work right?

Knapp magick.crow at
Wed May 21 11:19:30 BST 2008

On Wed, May 21, 2008 at 11:17 AM, Nigel Ridley <nigel at> wrote:

> Knapp wrote:
> > After a lot of playing I got my mouse to work at last. My nice mouse has
> > been plain for years! But now all 8 button work!
> > Problem is that when I roll the mouse button I get a page forwards or
> back
> > in firefox and other programs.
> > When I move the scroll wheel sideways the text scrolls up and down. This
> is
> > backwards!
> > What is wrong and how do I fix it?
> >
> > Logitech rx1000 (no it is not an mx1000) It has 8 buttons normal 3 plus
> > scroll wheel and tilting scroll wheel and one extra on top.
> [snip]
> This might help:
> I asked about ButtonMapping on the xorg mailing list (btw, I think it's
> intended for developers
> only...there doesn't appear to be a user my newbie-ness barged
> right in the middle of
> their developer discussions :blush: ). Anyway, one person replied:
> "xev and other X applications see the logical buttons. They expect 1 to be
> select, 2 to be paste,
> 3 to be context menu, 4 scroll up, 5 down, 6 left, 7 right."
> So, I think I get some of it finally. ButtonMapping maps physical buttons
> on the mouse to logical
> buttons. The places from left to right are the physical buttons and the
> numbers in those places
> are the logical buttons. To be more clear, to get standard right-handed
> mouse configuration we use:
> Code:
> "ButtonMapping" "1 2 3 6 7"
> This makes button '1'(the button under your index finger if you're
> right-handed) map to the
> 'select' action and button '3'(the button under your middle finger) map to
> the 'context menu'
> action. So, this means to get left-handed mouse configuration we simply
> switch:
> Code:
> "ButtonMapping" "3 2 1 6 7"
> I just tested it and this is exactly what happens. I was also told that the
> PS/2 driver we're
> using only has fields for 5 physical buttons, so any numbers after "1 2 3 6
> 7 ..." wouldn't mean
> anything (may cause problems even, haven't tried). This is also why xev
> never sees any action
> from my tilt-wheel. If I wanted to be crazy (and usually I do, just not in
> this case) I could map
> the wheel to forward/back with
> Code:
> "ButtonMapping" "1 2 3 4 5"
> Use 'exev' to find out button mapping numbers
> Blessings,
> Nigel

Thanks that is a bunch of really helpful info and I thought for sure the
problem was fixed but it is not. :-(
The first thing I would point out is that I am using the evdev driver in an
attempt to get ALL 8 buttons working and they do. But the mapping is still
not working write. It seems that changing the "Buttons" list does nothing.
Sad, I thought for sure you had it because I had it listed wrong.
Any other ideas? BTW I could go back to my normal mouse setting and just
have 6 buttons but I want the 3 extra buttons to work. And they are, if I
could just get them mapped.
Thanks for the help!!!!!!!

Douglas E Knapp

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