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Firefox 3 latest + mouse wheel scroll = ouch

Posted by anjilslaire on June 13, 2008


I’ve discovered today that Firefox 3.0, aka 3.0~rc1+nobinonly-0ubuntu0.8.04.1 is causing issues with my mouse.
It’s just a standard, cheap 2button+wheel optical mouse (making 5 buttons technically) from logitech. It’s always treated me well.

The problem is, in Firefox if I use the wheel to scroll up, it acts lke I hit the Back button, and the previous page loads. Highly annoying, to say the least.

No, there is no problem with my xorg.It’s been set as both of the following, with no change:
Section “InputDevice”
Identifier    “Configured Mouse”
Driver        “mouse”
Option        “CorePointer”
Option        “Device”    “/dev/input/mice”
Option        “Protocol”    “ExplorerPS/2”
Option        “ZAxisMapping”    “4 5”
Option        “Emulate3Buttons”    “false”

and simply as

Section “InputDevice”
Identifier    “Configured Mouse”
Driver        “mouse”
Option        “CorePointer”

And yes, I’ve loaded about:config and check the appropriate settings:
mousewheel.horizscroll.withnokey.action = 0
mousewheel.withnokey.action = 0

No change. And, If I load Firefox, it behaves fine. So does Konqueror, and any other window browser app. Something is broken in Firefox, and it had better be fixed shortly. I’m not one to complain about FOSS (I haven’t payed for any of it), but this is highly annoying, right on th verge of 3.0 Final. I’ve hunted around, and haven’t found any solution that works. Maybe somebody can provide some insight.


3 Responses to “Firefox 3 latest + mouse wheel scroll = ouch”

  1. Fred Fox said

    I have noticed an anoying scroll problem too, while uding FF 3.

    Not every time , but most times. (Might be web site dependant)
    I scroll the wheel to scroll down and it works smooth and fast, but scrolling back up it seems to go a lot slower and juddery.

    Would be great to find what the problem is and maybe a solution.

  2. Stephen Bungay said

    Just upgraded to FF 3 and the mouse wheel is sending me into fits as it scrolls through previous pages instead of simply scolling the page up. Whoever thought this was a good idea should be taken out back and sho…no… thats too good for ’em, make them use their own creation, a much more fitting punishment.
    Now, that said, how the heck can this be disabled so it works as one would expect, that is to say that it scrolls the page and when the top of the page is reached it simply scrolls no more.

  3. Check my last post on the subject:

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