mouse


CONFIGURATION
       Serial  mice  are  connected  to  a  serial RS232/V24 dialout line, see
       ttyS(4) for a description.

DESCRIPTION
   Introduction
       The pinout of the usual 9 pin plug as used for serial mice is:

                          pin   name   used for
                            2    RX    Data
                            3    TX    -12 V, Imax = 10 mA
                            4   DTR    +12 V, Imax = 10 mA
                            7   RTS    +12 V, Imax = 10 mA
                            5   GND    Ground

       This is the specification, in fact 9 V suffices with most mice.

       The mouse driver can recognize a mouse by dropping RTS to low and rais-
       ing  it again.  About 14 ms later the mouse will send 0x4D ('M') on the
       data line.  After a further  63  ms,  a  Microsoft-compatible  3-button
       mouse will send 0x33 ('3').

       The relative mouse movement is sent as dx (positive means right) and dy
       (positive means down).  Various mice can operate at  different  speeds.
       To  select  speeds,  cycle through the speeds 9600, 4800, 2400 and 1200
       bit/s, each time writing the two characters from the  table  below  and
       waiting  0.1  seconds.   The following table shows available speeds and
       the strings that select them:

                                   bit/s   string
                                   9600    *q
                                   4800    *p
                                   2400    *o
                                   1200    *n

       The first byte of a data packet can be  used  to  synchronization  pur-
       poses.

   Microsoft protocol
       The Microsoft protocol uses 1 start bit, 7 data bits, no parity and one
       stop bit at the speed of 1200 bits/sec.  Data is sent to RxD in  3-byte
       packets.  The dx and dy movements are sent as two's-complement, lb (rb)
       are set when the left (right) button is pressed:

                    byte   d6   d5    d4    d3    d2    d1    d0
                       1   1    lb    rb    dy7   dy6   dx7   dx6
                       2   0    dx5   dx4   dx3   dx2   dx1   dx0
                       3   0    dy5   dy4   dy3   dy2   dy1   dy0

   3-button Microsoft protocol
       Original Microsoft mice only have two buttons.  However, there are some
       three  button  mice which also use the Microsoft protocol.  Pressing or
       releasing the middle button is reported by sending a packet  with  zero
       The  Mousesystems protocol uses 1 start bit, 8 data bits, no parity and
       two stop bits at the speed of 1200 bits/sec.  Data is sent  to  RxD  in
       5-byte packets.  dx is sent as the sum of the two two's-complement val-
       ues, dy is send as negated sum of the two two's-complement values.   lb
       (mb, rb) are cleared when the left (middle, right) button is pressed:

             byte   d7    d6     d5     d4     d3     d2     d1     d0
                1   1     0      0      0      0      lb     mb     rb
                2   0    dxa6   dxa5   dxa4   dxa3   dxa2   dxa1   dxa0
                3   0    dya6   dya5   dya4   dya3   dya2   dya1   dya0
                4   0    dxb6   dxb5   dxb4   dxb3   dxb2   dxb1   dxb0
                5   0    dyb6   dyb5   dyb4   dyb3   dyb2   dyb1   dyb0

       Bytes  4  and  5  describe the change that occurred since bytes 2 and 3
       were transmitted.

   Sun protocol
       The Sun protocol is the 3-byte version of the above 5-byte Mousesystems
       protocol: the last two bytes are not sent.

   MM protocol
       The  MM protocol uses 1 start bit, 8 data bits, odd parity and one stop
       bit at the speed of 1200 bits/sec.  Data is sent to RxD in 3-byte pack-
       ets.  dx and dy are sent as single signed values, the sign bit indicat-
       ing a negative value.  lb (mb, rb)  are  set  when  the  left  (middle,
       right) button is pressed:

                 byte   d7   d6    d5    d4    d3    d2    d1    d0
                    1   1     0     0    dxs   dys   lb    mb    rb
                    2   0    dx6   dx5   dx4   dx3   dx2   dx1   dx0
                    3   0    dy6   dy5   dy4   dy3   dy2   dy1   dy0

FILES
       /dev/mouse
              A commonly used symlink pointing to a mouse device.

SEE ALSO
       ttyS(4), gpm(8)

COLOPHON
       This  page  is  part of release 3.35 of the Linux man-pages project.  A
       description of the project, and information about reporting  bugs,  can
       be found at http://man7.org/linux/man-pages/.



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