Howto Enable Extra Mouse Buttons ?

Peter Garrett peter.garrett at
Wed Nov 15 12:21:03 UTC 2006

On Wed, 15 Nov 2006 12:04:28 +0100
Florian Primessnig <florian at> wrote:

> I'm using Edgy and got a Logitech G5 Laser mouse (not wireless).
> Logitech doesnt offer any Linux help or drivers.
> My Mouse got some extra Buttons (3), which i would like to use. I
> searched the web and this list, but still got no clue how to enable
> those extra buttons. as logitech mice are all similar, this issue would
> be the same for all logitech mice with extra buttons.

maybe this will help ( gleaned from a Google search on " logitech G5 laser
mouse linux ubuntu" )

Scroll down to " How to get it to work in Linux " for an example of the
configuration changes to /etc/X11/xorg.conf

Also note that the xserver-xorg-input-evdev  package apparently needs to
be installed, and a ~/.Xmodmap file might need to be created.

I don't have one of these mice, but the howto looks promising...

> Don't get me wrong - i like the Linux way, but if one plug that device
> into a windows box its fully usable after 1 sec WITHOUT CONFIGURATION.
> Thats what users expect from a Desktop OS.

Yes, that's what I expected when I plugged my serial port hardware modem
into Windows XP a few years back - oddly enough, it wanted drivers ;-) And
the Windows drivers for the modem, from the modem's install disk,  were
rejected by XP... 

When I plugged the modem into my Linux install, it just worked... I
guess Windows just isn't ready for the desktop ;-)


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