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Linuxcare: Configuring Your Mouse For Linux

Sep 16, 1999, 01:51 (5 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Seth Schoen)

"Recently a customer called to report that his mouse wasn't working. I asked for some details about the system and quickly found out that he had a Microsoft IntelliMouse. "Aha!" I said, "you need to change the name of your mouse driver from 'PS/2' to 'IMPS/2' in your XF86Config file."

"The IntelliMouse is an example of a style of mice, originally popularized by Microsoft, which have a wheel in place of the middle button. These are also called ZAxis mice, and allow the user (at least under Windows) to perform scrolling operations by turning the wheel. But they need a special driver; I've seen other cases where an IntelliMouse didn't work properly because people were using the generic PS/2 mouse driver instead of the new IntelliMouse PS/2 driver."

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