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Old 07. Sep 2015, 09:51 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Enable side mouse buttons?

I am using a Microsoft Wireless Comfort Desktop 5000 which includes a 5-button mouse. Ever since I installed Linux Mint almost everything is working except the two side buttons on the mouse. I find these buttons quite useful, i.e. when in Windows, I can easily navigate back and forth in Firefox or Explorer with a simple click of a button. This isn't happening in Linux - I can click these buttons until they wear out and not a single thing happens.

I have searched the Internet and it seems like these buttons aren't enable in Linux for some reason or the other that I can't fathom. Therein lies my problem - I would like to get these buttons working in Mint. How can I do this?

All suggestions are welcomed and appreciated.

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I should mention that I have read several guides to get these buttons working, e.g.

https://help.ubuntu.com/community/ManyButtonsMouseHowto
http://askubuntu.com/questions/10110...ouse-mx-horizo [The first answer in this link]
https://wiki.archlinux.org/index.php/Imwheel

However, I don't know which guide to follow. I am confused.

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Old 11. Sep 2015, 08:10 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Okay, I summoned up the courage and I tried the solution in the 2nd link above. Although it was a baptism of sorts for me, I am happy to report that I got it working in the end.
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Old 11. Sep 2015, 09:00 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Glad that you got it working. It's often a hit and miss to get hardware working with Linux.

Problem is that Linux distros are so varied, there is no standardization.. what works with other might not work with another. And the variety of hardware is also a problem. If there was some sort of standardization in Linux, then probably it would also be easier for hardware manufacturers to make drivers for Linux.
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Old 11. Sep 2015, 10:48 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Thanks Anupam. I am aware of those issues with Linux. The good part was I didn't have to do anything to get the basic functions of my keyboard and mouse working. The bad part is I have a multi button mouse and, apart from the primary ones, none of the other buttons were working. Based on my research, I believe this is a common issue with multi button mice. In the end, I was really happy to get mines working.
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