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When I put my gaming mouse into the USB slot the light comes on but my cursor won't move and the buttons won't work. I stupidly threw away the CD that came with the mouse but they have the program available on the website and so I downloaded it and when I click on it, it just open as a file and not a executable program. What can i do?

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Do you have a link to the site? That might help. – Seth Apr 14 '13 at 23:28
This is the site. – Gregory House Apr 15 '13 at 0:21
Yep. That's only a Windows driver. – Seth Apr 15 '13 at 0:34
I see. Thank you. Is there anymouse you could reccommend that is has multibuttons and would work on ubuntu? Thank you once again. – Gregory House Apr 15 '13 at 1:01
Its a bit tricky, involving needing to compile a kernel module, but roccat has an open source mouse driver for many of its mice - I haven't gotten around to getting mine working yet, but the roccat xtd I own is awesome. Quite a few of razer's mice are supported under linux as well with razercfg, which is a usermode program. – Journeyman Geek Apr 15 '13 at 1:07

There's no reason a mouse shouldn't work at all without drivers - the drivers are primarily to enable extra keys, or to send commands to the mouse. While I'd test this on a windows system to be sure (and to rule out the possibility that it simply dosen't work in windows), chances are the mouse is faulty (and i've had faulty mice work perfectly as a mouse, I just had problems changing settings on it) and that you ought to get it replaced.

There's a few things I'd check in troubleshooting the mouse in question in ubuntu

  1. check if the mouse is even detected with sudo lsusb
  2. /dev/input/by-path has a series of files referring to input devices. using cat on one of those files will result in a series of ... odd looking characters when you use the device. `xev' is a x specific command that does similarly, but with more specific detail.

If your device is not in /dev/input/by-path , or lsusb, something is off. I'd borrow a windows box (as I suggested earlier), plug it in, and see if it works there (and if it does, I'd be baffled) and if it still dosen't, RMA that darned thing cause its broken.

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Actually the mouse works perfectly on my windows everything works. It just doesn't work on a linux operating system. – Gregory House Apr 15 '13 at 1:02
ok, that rules out the mouse itself being faulty, curious. – Journeyman Geek Apr 15 '13 at 1:04

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