A question for Mac users

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    I have to admit that I am a bit of an OS nut. I love trying out new ones to see what they bring to the table. I have used OS X before, but never on a dedicated machine that is mine to use (or abuse as the case may be). In an effort to get the true Mac experience I have borrowed an iMac from a neighbor that is away on an extended business trip. This is a pretty simple question but here is goes anyhow. How in the world do you get the OS to recognize extra mouse buttons? I have a Logitech mouse plugged in and the system has no problem using it for normal functions. However, if I use any of the side buttons (which in Windows default to Forward / Back) they stick me in scrolling mode. A quick Google search brings up some commercial applications, but I am thinking there has to be a free solution isn't there?
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    Click on the apple in the upper left hand corner and select preferences. Then click on the mouse and you should be able to set that up there.
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    Thanks hook. It must be that this mouse isn't supported directly under the OS. When I look at the mouse it just gives me the option to set my primary mouse button (left or right) and nothing else. I did try installing the Logitech Control Center but it doesn't seem to think my mouse is a Logitech either. I'll keep digging.
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    No, I just checked. What OS are you working with? If it's leopard it should say one finger, secondary click right and the opportunity to put a checkmark in the box.

    It should support any mouse.
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    Snow Leopard 10.6.5.

    I have been reading through the Logitech forums and it appears that this is not an uncommon issue. I should find out if the owner used a different brand of mouse that might be causing a conflict.
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    I'm almost tempted to pull my logitech mouse off my PC and see what I get. That's the same OS I have. Well, good luck. I don't think I can help any further if you're seeing an issue.
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    I appreciate the input regardless!

    Oh well, time to have some fun driving this thing around to see what it can do anyhow.
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    Can't help you. I have the iMac wireless mouse and its sucha please to right, left click and scroll without wheels and wires, I'd never go back.

    CM
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    I gave in and downloaded a commercial app (30 day trial) that makes all of the buttons functional. That should give me enough time to test things out.
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    I have several decent Logitech devices, but I have never been a fan of their keyboards and mice. Believe it or not, the Microsoft branded mice and keyboards have been my favorite models.

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