Ubuntu 9.04 & Microsoft Notebook Mouse 5000

A while ago I picked up a Microsoft Notebook Mouse 5000.  Finally decided to use it on my laptop.  I figured that having a bluetooth mouse would mean that I wouldn’t have a USB receiver hanging off my laptop all the time.  Plus, I thought it would be nice to use Blue Proximity.

Now, the hiccup came when setting up the new mouse on Ubuntu 9.04 64-bit.  It seems that you have to do a little bit extra to get the mouse working. I found the solution on the Ubuntu forums.  For my one selfish purposes, I will repeat the instructions here:

1) install the bluez-compat package with terminal
sudo apt-get install bluez-compat

2)Pair the mouse with the bluetooth manager. The manager will say that the pairing is "successful"
Although the mouse won't worked... this step has to be done...

3) In the terminal, type :

sudo hidd --search

You should see something like

Searching ...
Connecting to device 00:XX:XX:XX:XX:XX (your mouse MAC)

Done. Your mouse should be working now.