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
% 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.

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