Kensington mouse on Ubuntu 10.04 setup

Asked by Joe Taraba

Ok; thanks you all. I have done a fresh (new) install of Ubuntu 12.04 on a new 200G HD.
Yikes!! I hate this new GUI, Ever since I posted my Q on the Kensington mouse I have been trying to get used to this thing.

I needed to install Synaptic PM, located xautomation and installed that. Now what? Apparently this app is not GUI enabled so I need some clues to set up my mouse. In windoze I could program the mouse for different applications, however I woulkd be happy if I could use the buttons for FireFox. The lower left and right just like any mouse. The upper left in FireFox click to go back to previous webpage, and upper right to go forward. Then press-hold-release, both the upper left & right buttons to lock into the scroll mode through the open window usually webpage and text document, and maybe the file manager.

FYI; this is a Kensington "Expert Mouse USB/PS2" four button Trackball, Model #64217 which has served me since the late 1990's.

I have a copy of my terminal attempts to configure ./usr/bin/xmousepos [windowid]. It looks like there is a possibility to set this up for different "[windowid]" applications. but from here I'm lost.

Thanks to anyone with clues,

I have an older Kensington Expert Mouse, 4 button Trackball on a USB connection. It works just fine--EXCEPT I can't find a way to configure the top 2 buttons. Which I used to use with Windows XP for scroll lock and left button to go back, and right button to go forward--usually with a browser.

I read the previous post on this subject, but it seemed to go dead after the following question:.

.joe@joe-desktop:~$ lsb_release -a; lsusb
No LSB modules are available.
Distributor ID: Ubuntu
Description: Ubuntu 10.04.4 LTS
Release: 10.04
Codename: lucid
Bus 005 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0001 Linux Foundation 1.1 root hub
Bus 004 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0001 Linux Foundation 1.1 root hub
Bus 003 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0001 Linux Foundation 1.1 root hub
Bus 002 Device 003: ID 03f0:1004 Hewlett-Packard DeskJet 970c/970cse
Bus 002 Device 002: ID 047d:1015 Kensington Expert Mouse
Bus 002 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0001 Linux Foundation 1.1 root hub
Bus 001 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0002 Linux Foundation 2.0 root hub

BTW, I'm fairly new to Ubuntu.

Thanks, Joe

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michael (yellupcm-gmail) said :

Check above sites. More important is Ubuntu 10.04 is on longer supported, unless you are using server version. Read site below.

Recommend you install Ubuntu 12.04 LTS. You may want to check out Xubuntu and Lubuntu. These are lighter and work well on older equipment. I have Xubuntu 12.04 and it more like Ubuntu 10.04 than Ubuntu 12.04 is.

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Joe Taraba (joetaraba) said :

Thanks Michael;

I was thinking that I should upgrade my Ubuntu distribution BF doing the mouse thing.

This will be my first time, and I'm not sure what needs to be backed-up outside of the /home/ directory. I'll need to do a little more research.


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actionparsnip (andrew-woodhead666) said :

Lucid is EOL. I suggest you perform a clean install of Precise. It is LTS and supported til April 2017.

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N1ck 7h0m4d4k15 (nicktux) said :

Backup your personal files only and nothing else. All the others will be replaced. Download Ubuntu 12.04.2 LTS from here

and perform a new installation.


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Joe Taraba (joetaraba) said :

Thanks Andrew, Nik;

I understand "new install", however as a new to Ubuntu, in windows "clean install" meant reformatting the hard drive. So which should I do?

I would think that "new install" is intelligent enough to adequately overwrite existing files. Or not?



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N1ck 7h0m4d4k15 (nicktux) said :

New install will overwrite everything.
You will have a fresh new Ubuntu 12.04 desktop. The only that matters are your personal files (music,documents,videos...etc), so backup those.
Even with an upgrade the old files will be replaced with the new ones (system files I mean), but in an upgrade there are possibilities of something to go wrong. The upgrade from 10.04 to 12.04 is a huge upgrade. The whole system has been changed and the Desktop environment too. Better (imo) would be to do a fresh installation.


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