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I have a basic logitech mouse with 5 buttons: left, right, wheel left, wheel, wheel right.

I used to use wheel left and right for going back and forward in my browser or navigator. Now this doesn't work. I've found many solutions, people telling to install this program or that, didn't seem to work.

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Can you give us a little more detail about what you tried and how that failed? –  guntbert Feb 4 '13 at 19:20
I just tried three different programs to map keys and/or keyboard shortcuts (one was an ccsm plugin, another one was just a tool I downloaded at the software center and so was the last one). But honestly I forgot their names, and I now upgradede to 12.10 so I doubt if I can find them back =) –  Brent Roose Feb 5 '13 at 8:24
Please provide additional information by editing your question. Comments might/will get lost some time. –  guntbert Feb 5 '13 at 17:24

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There are multi mouse button instructions here and xorg.conf info here.

Essentially, you mess around with xinput. (Or imwheel for more options.)

First, open a Terminal. List your input devices:

# show all input devices
xinput list

You'll get something like this:

$ xinput list
⎡ Virtual core pointer                          id=2    [master pointer  (3)]
⎜   ↳ Virtual core XTEST pointer                id=4    [slave  pointer  (2)]
⎜   ↳ Microsoft Natural® Ergonomic Keyboard 4000        id=11   [slave  pointer  (2)]
⎜   ↳ Evoluent VerticalMouse 4                  id=12   [slave  pointer  (2)]

I have an Evoluent VerticalMouse. You can see the identifier number is 12: "id=12".

I can test my mouse with:

# show all input from device with identifier number 12
xinput test 12

Now when I move my mouse or click, I get output in that terminal telling me what button I pressed. Hit Ctrl-c to end the test.

If your back/forward buttons aren't giving you output, try resetting your button map to the default with set-button-map. Note that I'm using my device name that was output by xinput list:

xinput set-button-map "Evoluent VerticalMouse 4" 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14

Now try running xinput test with your id. If you're getting correct button responses here, then you just need to figure out the mapping you want and update your xorg.conf. (I don't know how to do that yet.)

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