How to configure peripherals

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How to configure peripherals

Postby Gx4 » Sun May 24, 2009 4:04 pm

Hello, I am new to linux, had long time ago suse for a short time, but didn't stayed with it. Some time ago had ubuntu also turned back to xp.
Now trying linux mint and yet have the same problems as with other distros.

My problems concern computer peripherals.
Firstly I can't configure my Microsoft vx-3000 web camera to work (yeah naughty microsoft), I would be gladly if anyone would point me in the right direction.
Secondly I have Logitech cordless wave keyboard which multimedia button's doesn't work, a guide how to configure it would be nice.
Also, I have Logitech Mx Revolution mouse which side button's doesn't work as well as middle button, another guide appreciated.
Finally, I have a Wacom bamboo tablet which I failed to configure either.

Any links, guides are welcome.
Also I am intereseted to very basic guides how linux applications are born.

Thanks in advance.

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Re: How to configure peripherals

Postby Husse » Sat May 30, 2009 2:26 pm

To help you with the web camera we need to know the ID
Most web cameras are USB ones - run lsusb (the l is a lower case L) in a terminal and post the ID you find
If you don't find the camera run lspci and look for it there
I have two cordless Logitech keyboard where all the special keys work
Go to Keyboard shortcuts and configure (just open the menu and type key....)
The mouse may be a bit more complicated and I need to know which Mint you have but it is probably Felicia or Gloria
If so try this

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sudo touch /etc/hal/fdi/policy/mouse.fdi

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gksu gedit /etc/hal/fdi/policy/mouse.fdi

Add the following to that file

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<?xml version="1.0" encoding="ISO-8859-1"?>
<deviceinfo version="0.2">
<match key="info.capabilities" contains="input.mouse">
<merge key="input.x11_driver" type="string">mouse</merge>
<merge key="input.x11_options.Emulate3Buttons" type="string">no</merge>
<merge key="input.x11_options.ZAxisMapping" type="integer">4 5</merge>

I am not sure if is for your type of mouse but it seems so
The bamboo tablet sometimes works sometimes not
Search Mint (use the option on the start page) for bamboo tablet - or use the forum search
Don't fix it if it ain't broken, don't break it if you can't fix it

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