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June 29th, 5. You do not need to do this to launch programs. Nelson Teixeira 84 8. The only thing I still couldn’t figure out is how to properly configure my kensington trackball. I have a Kensington Expert Mouse – which is actually a trackball with four buttons.

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To release the lock simply press the left mouse button again. So I thought I should just use number 3 tackball the 2nd element and 2 as the 8th element like this: Join Date Jun Beans 1.

The only thing I still couldn’t figure out is how to properly configure my kensington trackball. To do this kensingyon xmodmap the command would be:.

Kensington Expert Mouse

Sign up using Facebook. You’d like to add some useful info to this tip? I am going to look at adding one, and using it for simple disk storage expansion and for booting the Raspberry You’ll need to install xbindkeys and xautomation.

Post as a guest Name. The upper right button functions as a “back” button. Make sure the identifier in the Identifier line corresponds to the one trxckball the ServerLayout section.

Under linux, I read online that I shall edit the xorg. Let’s start this by getting the name out of the way.


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Hands-on with the Pi-Desktop kit. So this means in the example command I gave above, I assigned function 8, “Back”, to button 2, and function 9, “Forward” to button 8.

The Kensington web page also lists Chrome OS under Compatibility, so I was hopeful that there might be a Linux-compatible version of this utility. I can use ‘xbindkeys’ and ‘xautomation’ to assign those buttons as Alt – Left Arrow and Alt – Right Arrow, and it works, but it is slow, and often fails to catch button presses.

Email Required, but never shown. There is a very subtle blue LED between the left and right buttons visible in the scroll ring picture above which will start to blink when it is in pairing mode, and will go off again when pairing is complete. Backward This is my configuration script: I want the configuration to be: Option “DragLockButtons” “8” This made my button 8 the top right button on the trackball the “drag lock” button: If you don’t need a wrist rest for medical reasons, I doubt that anyone would use it for aesthetic reasons.


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For example, say you wanted to open Firefox when you pressed the mouse’s “home” button for me, button Finally, the four buttons. That’s pretty easy to figure our using xev – details left to the reader. This is a small movable ring surrounding the ball, which serves the same purpose as a wheel on a traditional mouse. Using ‘xev’ shows that the upper left button is button 2, and the upper right is button 8.

Configuring Linux and X for a Kensington Expert Mouse

Sign up or log in Sign up using Google. Unfortunately, the speed setting is not saved! A new, improved Raspberry Pi 3 is available. It allows you to route specific button presses to commands. kensjngton

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