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joystick to mouse Answered

I don't like computer mice and touch pads, so I've bought a joystick.

What's the best software to make it do a mouse's job?

It's a "Thrustmaster" joystick, and my laptop is running Firefox in Ubuntu, because my dad won't pay for Windows to go on my laptop.

Thanks,

Conker-x.

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Conker-X
Conker-X

8 years ago

i can't find the xseerver thingy any where in the software center

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Lithium Rain
Lithium Rain

Reply 8 years ago

Oops! Try xserver-xorg-input-joystick. I mistyped it.

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Conker-X
Conker-X

Reply 8 years ago

sorry i rebooted my computer and it worked!!!!!!!!!
yipeeeeeee!!!!!!!
thank you lithium rain
this is so cool

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Kiteman
Kiteman

Reply 8 years ago

Sigh.

I hope your English teacher never sees that post, youngling!

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Conker-X
Conker-X

Reply 8 years ago

Whatever.
I switched it of and back on again.
Happy now!

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Lithium Rain
Lithium Rain

Reply 8 years ago

Aw, go easy on him Dad... ;)

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Lithium Rain
Lithium Rain

Reply 8 years ago

Yay! I'm so glad it worked - have fun! :-D

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Conker-X
Conker-X

Reply 8 years ago

i installed it but didnt make my jojstick into a mouse

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Kiteman
Kiteman

Reply 8 years ago

*cough* restart *cough*

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Lithium Rain
Lithium Rain

Reply 8 years ago

Also, look for joy2mouse.

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canucksgirl
canucksgirl

8 years ago

I know this doesn't really answer your question, but I don't think that using a joystick is the way to go. The fact is that computer mice are standard equipment, like a keyboard. Whether you like it or not, you'll be subjected to a lot more use of computer mice in the future (perhaps through school or future employment) and its best (imo) to get comfortable with it. :-)

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Jayefuu
Jayefuu

Reply 8 years ago

+1 They're standard for a reason. Fast to use, not painful for long periods. You won't get anywhere near as much control with a joystick.

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Lithium Rain
Lithium Rain

Reply 8 years ago

Pffft, that doesn't mean it's reason enough to not use what you want to as your input device of choice.

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Kiteman
Kiteman

Reply 8 years ago

(I think it's partly to do with using his laptop one his lap (with knee table), rather than at a table with space for a mouse.)

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Jayefuu
Jayefuu

Reply 8 years ago

Tell him to stop doing his homework in front of the TV ;)

Lizzy swears by her trackball mouse as a solution to this problem.

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Kiteman
Kiteman

Reply 8 years ago

Little brother doesn't want to look like he's copying big brother...

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canucksgirl
canucksgirl

Reply 8 years ago

*ahem* Perhaps Con-X needs to make a pull out or fold-out mouse table extension and write a nice ible for it. :-)

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Moem
Moem

Reply 8 years ago

I politely disagree. I don't like mice either, so I don't use them. My weapon of choice is a laptop from the Thinkpad series, which has a trackpoint, and trackballs are nice too.

There is no need to use a mouse, you can generally bring your own trackball if that's what you prefer.

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Lithium Rain
Lithium Rain

8 years ago

You may not need to install any if you're running Ubuntu. Have you plugged it in to try and see? If I plug in my Wacom tablet, it automagically starts working in the latest versions of Ubuntu without configuration; yours might do similarly.

If it doesn't work automatically when it's plugged in, go to the Software Center and search for xseerver-xorg-input-joystick. If it's not there, you'll probably need to install it. Then log out and back in again, and see if it doesn't work automatically.

Try those things and let me know what happens. We should be able to get it to work. :)

(Oh, and I wouldn't resent the Ubuntu - I run it by choice, and resent that I am required keep Windows around to use Word for submitting documents!)

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Conker-X
Conker-X

8 years ago

to jayefuu: we can't mooch off the public education system and an acount thingy would cost £700 for the most basic model.

ps i was in SF to (and hq)

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Kiteman
Kiteman

Reply 8 years ago

Youngling - you need to use the "reply" button, or folk won't know you're talking to them.

>Kitefather<

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Conker-X
Conker-X

8 years ago

the only mouse I could find just turned the desk into a touchpad

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NXTHacker
NXTHacker

8 years ago

dont like touchpads or mice? try these http://celluon.com/

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Jayefuu
Jayefuu

8 years ago

Microsoft give out lots of free licenses though universities and educators. I bet your dad, being a teacher, could get free copies through school. Tell him to ask about MSDN. Or tell him a real dad would spend money on a license rather than swanning off to San Francisco for a month ;)

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Kiteman
Kiteman

Reply 8 years ago

*raspberry*

The 2nd-hand laptop didn't cost much more than the joystick.

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Jayefuu
Jayefuu

Reply 8 years ago

Winding up parents via their kids is great fun. Until you have kids.

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Kiteman
Kiteman

Reply 8 years ago

... and you wind up your own kids.

I need permission from the school to get an educational download, and they won't give me it. Buying my own subscription would cost =>$699

He doesn't need Windows anyway, since all he does is browse the net. So, he has to install the occasional FF add-on to play a game, it's a learning experience, and if he downloads something that bricks the laptop, it was only £20...

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Jayefuu
Jayefuu

Reply 8 years ago

Yikes that's pricey. Didn't realise you'd need permission, we could each apply for up to 2 when I was at uni. And by apply I mean we clicked a button and they emailed a code.

So what's wrong with a mouse? Look up Leap Motion. I'm waiting for mine to arrive, should come February!

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Moem
Moem

Reply 8 years ago

Mice suck, that's what!

I see an external trackpoint project in my future...

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Kiteman
Kiteman

Reply 8 years ago

I don't know, he's just being fussy as far as I can tell, but he bought the joystick with his own money.

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Jayefuu
Jayefuu

Reply 8 years ago

through not though. Sorry