How to Enable Mouse Wheel Scrolling in Ubuntu (VMware)

Problem

Ubuntu…beside Default VI is suck, here is another issue for me. My mouse wheel scrolling is not working in Ubuntu8.04. However i installed Ubuntu in vmware, but i do not think it is vmware cause of this issue.

Solution

Here i find some useful information regarding Mouse Wheel Scrolling malfunction issuse, please check Ubuntu Mouse Configuration Official website. https://help.ubuntu.com/community/ManyButtonsMouseHowto

After studying above article, here i provided some steps to enable mouse wheel scrolling in Ubuntu under VMware.

1) Open terminal

2) issue command “sudo gedit /etc/X11/xorg.conf”

sudo gedit /etc/X11/xorg.conf

3) Modify /etc/X11/xorg.conf , Change below part

From

Section "InputDevice"
	Identifier	"Configured Mouse"
	Driver		"vmmouse"
	Option		"CorePointer"
	Option		"Device"	"/dev/input/mice"
EndSection

to

Section "InputDevice"
	Identifier	"Configured Mouse"
	Driver		"vmmouse"
        Option "CorePointer"
        Option "Device" "/dev/input/mice"
        Option "Protocol" "ImPS/2"
        Option "Buttons" "5"
        Option "ZAxisMapping" "4 5"
EndSection

4) Save it

5) Hit Ctrl+Alt+Backspace to restart Ubuntu X windows (If Ctrl+Alt+Backspac is not working, just reboot Ubuntu normally)

6) Login again , your mouse wheel scrolling should be working in Ubuntu now

7) Done

Please refer Ubuntu community if you want to know more detail about mouse wheel scrolling configuration in Ubuntu.

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file doesnt exist, terrible write up, you need to advise what to do when the file doesnt exist

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the file /etc/X11/xorg.conf was not existed so i created one , i did reboot and now it’s stuck on the reboot phase – i am using xubuntu , and i got really important stuff there, what do i do ???

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got it, run on recovery mode and deleted the file, xubuntu is running again – yet the mouse wheel still isn’t active

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I was trying Ubuntu 8.x on VMWorkstation 6.x. If I did CTRL-ALT-BACKSPACE, it screwed up my screen resolution. If I just rebooted Ubuntu, it worked. Thx.