How to get Marble FX (PS/2) working with Mint 13 ? [SOLVED]

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How to get Marble FX (PS/2) working with Mint 13 ? [SOLVED]

Postby JoeHurke on Sun Nov 25, 2012 7:01 pm

To make it clear from the beginning: This problem IS SOLVED. By this post I want to make my solution searchable for others.

What is Logitech TrackMan Marble FX ?

It is a great tracking ball with a big ball and four buttons: left, right, middle and a "red button" in the middle. This red button is used to switch between pointing and scrolling mode. So no wheel is needed to ease scrolling.
With this tracking ball you don't move your arm but only your fingers with a "normal" position of your hand. So this can be a great relief to "hard mouse-workers".

How can I get red button working with Ubuntu 10.4 ?

I added the following section to /etc/X11/xorg.conf as root:

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Section "InputDevice"
   Identifier   "Mouse0"
   Driver      "evdev"
   Option      "CorePointer"
   Option      "Device"      "/dev/input/by-path/platform-i8042-serio-1-event-mouse"
   Option      "Protocol"      "ExplorerPS/2"
   Option      "Buttons"      "11"
   Option      "EmulateWheel"      "on"
   Option      "EmulateWheelButton"   "8"
   Option      "XAxisMapping"      "6 7"
   Option      "YAxisMapping"      "4 5"
   Option      "EmulateWheelClickToo"   "off"
   Option      "Name"         "TrackMan Marble FX (PS/2)"
   Option      "Vendor"      "Logitech"
EndSection


How can I get red button working with Linux Mint 13 ?

As shown in viewtopic.php?f=49&t=87176&p=504762 I checked in SoftwareCenter, that xserver-xorg-input-vmmouse is installed and /usr/share/X11/xorg.conf.d/50-vmmouse.conf exists.
Additionally I checked, that /dev/input/by-path/platform-i8042-serio-1-event-mouse exists.
Than I added the following section to /usr/share/X11/xorg.conf.d/50-vmmouse.conf as root:

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Section "InputClass"
     Identifier "Marble Mouse"
     MatchIsPointer   "on"
     Option   "Device"   "/dev/input/by-path/platform-i8042-serio-1-event-mouse"
     Option   "Protocol"   "ExplorerPS/2"
     Driver   "evdev"
     Option   "Buttons"      "11"
     Option   "EmulateWheel"      "on"
     Option   "EmulateWheelButton"   "8"
     Option   "XAxisMapping"      "6 7"
     Option   "YAxisMapping"      "4 5"
     Option   "EmulateWheelClickToo"   "off"
     Option   "Name"         "TrackMan Marble FX (PS/2)"
     Option   "Vendor"      "Logitech"
EndSection


After a reboot red button is working to switch between pointing and scrolling mode.
To make it finally clear: This problem IS SOLVED. By this post I want to make my solution searchable for others.
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