- I have a Mac running OS X Lion, and then VMware Fusion 4.x running Windows XP and Windows 7 as virtual machines.
- I use a Logitech MX310 Optical Mouse. It has 6 buttons and I think it's the greatest mouse ever invented and I own a few (one is at the office). What I especially like are the back and forward buttons.
- If I use the MX310 under native Windows (I have a PC, too) the buttons naturally act as the back and forward actions in Windows Explorer, Internet Explorer, Firefox, etc. to navigate backwards and forwards within folders, web pages, etc.
- When I use the MX310 on the Mac, I install the Logitech Control Center preferences pane, which makes sure the buttons also work as expected within Finder, Safari, Firefox, etc.
Problem: When running Windows (whether XP or 7) as VMs under VMware Fusion, the MX310's back and forward buttons no longer work in Windows as they are supposed to. Under Windows XP, nothing happens. Under Windows 7, they have the effect of moving and resizing a window to occupy the left half of the screen, or the right half of the screen (depending on the button pressed.) So, I think there is a signal getting sent to the VM, just the wrong one.
How can I get the back/forward buttons working properly within my Windows virtual machine instances under VMware Fusion? I'd even be happy with some key/button re-mapping kludge running under the Windows VM that simulates what they're supposed to do in the first place .. but something that gets VMware Fusion sending the right message would be better.