Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 87695
mouse orientation is incorrect
Last modified: 2007-04-18 12:52:39 EDT
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Description of problem:
I have a Logitech Cordless Optical Trackman, and in XFree86, the orientation is
off, by about 45 degrees to the left. I'm not sure if I had this problem in
Windows, as the Windows mouse control panel applet allows one to set
orientation. I cannot find a way to do this with mouseconfig. I experience this
problem both in XFree86 and in the console with gpm.
Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):
Steps to Reproduce:
1. Use the trackball I mentioned
2. Select any working configuration in mouseconfig
3. Move the cursor around
Actual Results: When you move the ball horizontally to the left, the cursor
actually goes down and left about 45 degrees. Moving up makes it go up and left.
Expected Results: Normal mouse orientation
I found this archived mailing list posting that describes someone else with the
same problem as myself:
Sounds like Logitech built a buggy mouse. I can't really add a button to the
interface that says "Enable off-by-45-degrees workaround."
The people on that mailing list only talk about fixing gpm, not XFree86. Both
of these are beyond the scope of redhat-config-mouse. I would recommend getting
a different mouse.
Would it be possible within the scope of XFree86 to provide a means of changing
the orientation of the mouse? Some Windows mouse drivers (Logitech's, for
example) have the ability to let the user set a preferred orientation, much like
there exists for joystick calibration.
You might send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and ask him. He's our XFree86