Disable mouse scroll wheel - how?

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    Disable mouse scroll wheel - how?

    This option was present in Windows XP SP2, but I now have SP3 and I can't find it! The scroll wheel on the mouse is annoying and I would like to disable it. Is there a way this can be done in SP3 without buying a new one without it (and these are hard to find)?
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    I'm not sure exactly why you'd want to do that, do you bump it often?

    It should pretty easy for you to whip up a program that sets a mouse hook that blocks all the wheel messages.
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    I remember the dark ages before scroll wheels were invented... How did I ever manage to scroll anything back then? Kind of like before I had a microwave. How did I cook anything?
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    Wouldn't it be easier to get a mouse without a wheel?

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    Quote Originally Posted by cyberfish View Post
    Wouldn't it be easier to get a mouse without a wheel?
    I've got one right here. If you're ever in Toronto, you have have it for free.
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    On a second thought, how about modding the mouse to disconnect the wheel? I imagine opening it up and cutting a wire or two will do...

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    Or a global mouse hook like mentioned above...

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    What if you installed a mouse driver that didn't know anything about the mouse wheel?
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    Quote Originally Posted by cyberfish View Post
    Wouldn't it be easier to get a mouse without a wheel?
    Which you could probably pick one up down the street for $5, because I hardily recommend against visiting Toronto.

    Only someone who paid for a microsoft product could possibly be this much of a twit.

    ps. if you don't like the wheel (I do), get a logitech roller ball ($20). They're way way better, easier on your body, and don't require as much desk space cause you don't move it around; if I didn't like the wheel so much, that's what I would be doing now. I wonder if they have a roller ball with a wheel...hmmm.

    [edit] OMG there's a cordless rollerball with a wheel!!!!!! Someone loan me $50!!!
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    i don't mind a wheel.
    But some mice have side buttons which are a real pain in the arse.
    They cause a lot of trouble esp while browsing or when navigating thro' files...
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    When we're all using g-speak this won't even be an issue

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    Quote Originally Posted by sean View Post
    When we're all using g-speak this won't even be an issue
    10+ hours a day of flapping my arms around? no thanks. I'll stick with the mouse and keyboard.

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    They also have brain implants (google "Mathew Nagle") for quadriplegics which allow them to learn to move a mouse cursor around, based on the premise that the brain can learn to control anything technology can provide to it (I guess YMMV). So never mind gspeak -- it's all going internal. You won't even need a monitor.

    I loved Minority Report but I didn't like all the arm waving either. On the other hand, I guess it would have been boring to watch if he used a keyboard or a headset.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sean View Post
    When we're all using g-speak this won't even be an issue
    Yeah they show that crap in movies all the time. Too bad the video on their websit is coreographed and no real interface exists. Its vapor-ware. Even if it did exist the fact I couldnt scratch my nose without deleting half the database would be an issue. I'd much rather have a chip in my brain that let me send control signals directly to the computer. Plus you have to wear special gloves, I hate gloves, they tend to make my callouses shrink, and calloused hands make the chicky babes get all moist.
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    Chip in my brain? No thanks, I'm gonna hold out til they put my brain in a chip.

    You can get special fingerless gloves for lifting things that will spare you these difficulties
    C programming resources:
    GNU C Function and Macro Index -- glibc reference manual
    The C Book -- nice online learner guide
    Current ISO draft standard
    CCAN -- new CPAN like open source library repository
    3 (different) GNU debugger tutorials: #1 -- #2 -- #3
    cpwiki -- our wiki on sourceforge

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