Using the MoGo Mouse with Linux

The MoGo Mouse coming out of its hole

The MoGo Mouse is an elegant, portable Bluetooth mouse that fits into a laptop's PC slot and charges its batteries while in there. I find it very useful when travelling with my laptop but the process of getting it connected to the Ubuntu desktop is not as smooth as it could be. Here's how.

% hcitool scan
Scanning ...
        AA:BB:CC:DD:EE:FF       MoGo Mouse BT

Then tell the Linux HID daemon to connect to that Bluetooth device and use it as a mouse:

% sudo hidd --connect=AA:BB:CC:DD:EE:FF

If your GNOME Bluetooth setup is configured correctly you'll be asked to enter the mouse's PIN and then you'll be connected.

For convenience I've set up a GNOME application launcher to run the following command so that I don't have to connect the mouse from the terminal every time I want to use it:

gksu --message="Enter your password to authorise the connection to the MoGo mouse" \
    "hidd --connect=AA:BB:CC:DD:EE:FF"

I've also created this icon for the launcher that you can download if you want to do the same.

MoGo Mouse Icon

Copyright © 2007 Nat Pryce. Posted 2007-03-04. Share it.