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#1 2004-09-07 23:03:32

From: Poland
Registered: 2004-09-06
Posts: 252

mouse wheel isn't working...

How to enable mouse wheel in arch??

I have a PS/2 mouse with 2 buttons and a mouse wheel used as 3-rd button.


#2 2004-09-07 23:49:49

Registered: 2004-08-28
Posts: 85

Re: mouse wheel isn't working...

should be as easy as throwing

# Get the wheel working
    Option "ZAxisMapping" "4 5"

in the mouse section of the /etc/X11/xorg.conf

for example:

Section "InputDevice"

# Identifier and driver

    Identifier  "Mouse1"
    Driver      "mouse"
    Option "Protocol"    "Auto"
    Option "Device"      "/dev/input/mice"

# Get the wheel working
    Option "ZAxisMapping" "4 5"

# Mouse-speed setting for PS/2 mouse.

#    Option "Resolution"        "256"

# When using XQUEUE, comment out the above two lines, and uncomment
# the following line.

#    Option "Protocol"  "Xqueue"

# Baudrate and SampleRate are only for some Logitech mice. In
# almost every case these lines should be omitted.

#    Option "BaudRate"  "9600"
#    Option "SampleRate"        "150"

# Emulate3Buttons is an option for 2-button Microsoft mice
# Emulate3Timeout is the timeout in milliseconds (default is 50ms)

    Option "Emulate3Buttons"
#    Option "Emulate3Timeout"    "50"

# ChordMiddle is an option for some 3-button Logitech mice

#    Option "ChordMiddle"


hope that helps


#3 2004-09-08 05:02:45

From: Cheese Head Land
Registered: 2004-01-11
Posts: 60

Re: mouse wheel isn't working...

Man, this comes up alot in forums and irc

Could someone put this in wiki.

I don't write to well   wink


Joey: If a cow passes away from natural causes can I eat it.
Pheobe: Not if I get there first.


#4 2004-09-08 12:58:33

From: NYC
Registered: 2002-10-11
Posts: 466

Re: mouse wheel isn't working...

I have a linux faq that covers this and other beginner questions.  Sarah, if you see this, it isn't the forum that I was discussing on the mailing list, that was a FreeBSD forum.
(The faq is at  )

As I said on a mailing list, as one of those simple, everyone should know things, it seems to be one of the hardest things to find.

While ranting, I was discussing with a friend how most people know that in general, though not always SIGHUP will kill and restart a process. However, the only man page I saw that even hints at this was the OpenBSD thing.  It's one of those things you pick up along the way.


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