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Install the Logitech MX900 Bluetooth mouse System
I was long awaiting the release of the Logitech MX900 mouse which is basically the MX700 but with a Bluetooth connection. They have only just gone on sale here in the UK. However, I was dissappointed to see that it only had Windows support on the box, so I rang Logitech and they confirmed they only support PC's with this mouse.

Despite these warnings, I purchased it and it worked in Panther with my 12 inch PowerBook and its internal Bluetooth module. Just set it up in the same way you would an Apple Bluetooth mouse. Will the Bluetooth setup assistant, I had the mouse working in about three clicks.

We will need a driver from Logitech in order to configure all of the buttons on the mouse, but for the time being Exposť sees all of the buttons.
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Install the Logitech MX900 Bluetooth mouse
Authored by: menace690 on Jan 26, '04 04:36:17PM

This ios not even necessary. I bought my Logitch MX 900 + the desktop keyboard for bluetooth combo pack. I plugged in the usb bluetooth adapter that came with it. (It doesn't act as a bluetooth adapter for everything else I have though :(. ) Everything worked without configuring anything. Most buttons on the keyboard (special ones) dont do anything, but volume and mute work, as does the scroll wheel. The mouse has full operational capabilities.



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Install the Logitech MX900 Bluetooth mouse
Authored by: grrr223 on Jan 26, '04 09:15:56PM

What do you mean by full operation. I have the mx900 mouse. Exposť can see all of the mouse's buttons, but I can't get any other progams to (like USb Overdrive). I kinda took a chance when I bought it that one day someone would write a mac compatible driver for it. Aside form only being able to use 2 or 3 of it's zillion buttons, I lvoe it.



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Install the Logitech MX900 Bluetooth mouse
Authored by: Oryman on Jan 26, '04 11:20:52PM

Have you tried the gamepad companion prefpane. It recognized all the buttons on my Kensington that is plugged into a emulated kvm switch



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GamePadCompanion and Logitech MX-900
Authored by: justzisguy on Feb 20, '04 02:49:58AM

The GamePad Companion works like a dream for using the extra buttons of the MX900.

A couple of tips: if setting the buttons on the side (Button #4 Cmd+left arrow, Button #5 Cmd+right arrow), you probably want to check "Key Repeat Off" to only go back or forward one page in your web browser. Also don't forget to click "Start" after you have finished configuring everything. Excellent product does what Logitech hasn't.



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GamePadCompanion and Logitech MX-900
Authored by: orca orca on Feb 29, '04 03:32:51AM

hi
agree with you, great soft to use w mx900
just one hiccup: after mx900 sleeps/wakes up, I need to stop/start Gamepad Comp. to make the programming work again.
contacted developer for input

have you same experience ?

cheers

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GamePadCompanion and Logitech MX-900
Authored by: earspasm on Mar 16, '04 12:28:59PM

same here.

Anyone else find this mouse a bit heavy?



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GamePadCompanion and Logitech MX-900
Authored by: tfernsle on Jun 27, '04 08:53:26PM

I like the weight for use, but its too heavy and bulky for the road.



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GamePadCompanion and Logitech MX-900
Authored by: flyingbrit on Sep 16, '04 04:16:14PM

Thanks for the info on th GamePad Companion, with the MX900..simple instructions, which I could not find ANYWHERE else. Thanks. Now I have all the buttons working as well as Expose! :-)



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Installing Logitech (or any "unsupported" I guess) bluetooth mouse - The Muppet's Guide
Authored by: sampsa on Feb 05, '04 12:25:41PM

Guys, as I was new to this whole Mac OS X thing as well as Bluetooth (paired my Nokia 3650 with a WinXP laptop, but thats about it), I managed to get confused with the installation process.

Anyway, I figured that a step by step HOWTO would be useful for other newbies, so here goes:

1. Open Apple Menu -> System Preferences
2. Select Keyboard & Mouse, then the Bluetooth Tab
3. Click on Set Up New Device
4. Hit Continue
5. Choose Mouse, then Continue again
6. This is where I got confused - as the Logitech mouse didn't come with any documentation (well, maybe on the Windows driver CD, but hey, could I be bothered to look there. Don't think so), I didn't realise that you need to do something to the mouse to make it Discoverable.

On the MX900, flip it over, hit the Connect Mouse button towards the bottom end of the mouse (while the Mac is scanning for it), and Bob should be your uncle.

7. Set up Expose', it should now have a nice little section for configuring mice.

Hopefully this is of use to someone.

Sampsa



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Installing Logitech (or any "unsupported" I guess) bluetooth mouse - The Muppet's Guide
Authored by: hrbrmstr on Mar 14, '04 10:00:13AM

Definitely a helpful comment. Made this a very useful mouse!

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Install the Logitech MX900 Bluetooth mouse
Authored by: DanFrakes on Jan 27, '04 10:22:37PM

As grr223 said, the MX 900 works great for basic functionality and Expose, but not even USB Overdrive can recognize its other buttons. That being said, I've actually been able to use all seven buttons and the scrollwheel without any additional driver software:

left-click = click
right-click = control/right-click
scrollwheel works normally (clicking the scrollwheel emulates a command-click)
scroll-up and scroll-down buttons scroll one line at a time

I use the other three (the two thumb buttons and the "window" button) for Expose.

But I'd still like to be able to custom-configure some of the buttons.

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Install the Logitech MX900 Bluetooth mouse
Authored by: orca orca on Feb 25, '04 07:26:42PM

pb17" 10.3.2
just bought the mx900 and wow !
quality rodent like no other!
the extra buttons work great with expose, very impressive

but unlike DF, I cannot get the forward/back button on the side to work in anything, despite fiddling with settings in keyboard/mouse and universal setting !
btw, no jerky issues, very well controlled, still hadn't to change the batteries with my own 2100 NiMH batteries 4 days in a row of serious use

now, the question is who gets the back/forward buttons on the side to work and in what configuration ?
and daily prayers for some software soon to program all buttons

ps funny sequence of button numbers though 1-8
will post the numbering shortly

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Pb 17" 1G ram 7K60 airportXtreme iSight
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USB overdrive is not a bluetooth driver
Authored by: lnzdingo on Mar 16, '04 01:44:06PM

your bluetooth adapter may plug into a USB port, but i wouldn't expect it to be emulating a USB input device in anyway, therefore, USB Overdrive _shouldn't_ see anything that is connecting via bluetooth.

in the case of the mx700 that uses the RF receiver, that IS translating stuff into USB keycodes, therefore, USB Overdrive should see the buttons (and does)

bluetooth is just using USB as a bus, the rest happens in the bluetooth drivers



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Install the Logitech MX900 Bluetooth mouse
Authored by: geoffb on Jul 15, '04 12:31:24AM

I have the following set-up, and it allows USB Overdrive to set up all the buttons (and scroll wheel) on the MX900 for any and all applications:
- Logitech USB Bluetooth adapter plugged in
- Internal Bluetooth receiver set to NOT recognize the MX900 (or just turned off)
- Logitech Control Center pref pane NOT installed



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Install the Logitech MX900 Bluetooth mouse
Authored by: CLeDantec on Mar 01, '04 01:55:18AM

i just picked up the mx900 as well. it works great but i'm having a little trouble getting it to reconnect after waking my aibook from sleep. the connect button on the bottom doesn't seem to do the trick so the only way i can get it to reconnect is by opening 'Browse device' to force a connection... any tips on how to remedy this?

btw -i'm not using the base station. in fact, i went with the mx900 bcs i don't want a base station to be necessary (i will use it to recharge the rodent but that's it).

cheers,
cL



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Install the Logitech MX900 Bluetooth mouse
Authored by: bernball on Mar 02, '04 12:36:25PM

I'm using the MX900 on my iBook and it is running through the USB BlueTooth adapter that I bought for my Apple wireless keyboard. It seems to wake up fine (in about 0.5 secs. after moving it across the surface). I have the base plugged into the wall and use it only as a charger as well. Are you using an internal BlueTooth adapter vice the base station?



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Install the Logitech MX900 Bluetooth mouse
Authored by: xAndyx on Jun 25, '04 06:43:17PM

I just picked up one of these mice as well, and am enjoying it despite a couple hitches initially. I've had no tracking issues like some people have. I do wish there was a battery off switch, so I'll just reverse the batteries when I'm carrying it in my laptop bag.

First, for some reason I couldn't get Expose to initially bind any mouse buttons to "Show Desktop." I could select a button, but nothing would happen. I tried the suggested Gamepad software mentioned here, but that seemed a bit clunky. So I tried the simple thing that I should have from the start: remove the BT device, and shut down my laptop, then reboot. After doing this, everything worked fine.

Second, at first the batteries seem to be dieing and charging really quickly. I know the manual says that it takes a few charges to build up capacity, but this seemed very extreme. The first charge was completed in about 15 minutes, and lasted for about an hour. Anyways, I'll see how it goes. Worst case I'll just use other rechargable batteries.

Oh and to help people figure out which button is numbered what for Expose, here's the breakdown:

Button 1: Left Mouse Button
Button 2: Right Mouse Button
Button 3: Wheel Click
Button 4: Left Side Arrow Button, pointing towards you
Button 5: Left Side Arrow Button, pointing away from you
Button 6: Switch Windows Button
Button 7: Double Arrow Button, pointing away from you
Button 8: Double Arrow Button, pointing towards you

Hope this helps.



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