Getting Trackpoint scrolling working on a Lenovo X301 in Ubuntu 10.10 (Maverick)

I’m now proudly running Ubuntu 10.10 upgraded from 10.04 as my day to day operating system on my PC.  What broke during the upgrade? Just my Lenovo X301’s trackpoint scrolling. This is when you hold the middle of the Trackpoint’s buttons while moving the Trackpoint to scroll.

Previously in Ubuntu Lucid (10.04) and Intrepid (9.10) getting Trackpoint scrolling working meant editing the X.Org pointer configuration manually – something just not within the grasp of the average user.

The great news for users of Ubuntu’s latest release Maverick Meerkat or 10.10 (released on 10/10/10) is that using GPointing Devices this can be configured with just a few clicks.

– Search for and install “gpointing” in Ubuntu Software Centre
– Go to System > Preferences > Pointing devices
– Enable “Use wheel emulation”, choose button 2, and enable both vertical and horizontal scroll
– Click, OK – et Voila!


  1. Hi, i’m using x301 on ubuntu 10.10 too. everything work so well, but after idle for away, my screen dimmed every i move or touch any key it wont bright up. need to manually Fn-PgUp. Do have have this issue or solved it ?

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