How To Fix “Logitech Control Center” (LCC) Support In Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard

by Klaus on August 31, 2009

in Operating Systems, USB

Logitech Control Center - MX RevolutionI found another incompatiblity issue with Snow Leopard, this time it’s from a small company, you might have heard of it. I think they create a few computer accesory parts every now and then, an occassional keyboard, mouse and computer speakers. Ring a bell?

The company I’m talking about is Logitech and they are not just any company, they are a huge company with 7,500 employees, producing products like the one mentioned above plus more. Logitech has also been my favorite maker for keyboards and mice for as long as I can remember. Keyboard-wise though, I switched to Apple when they released their new Alu keyboards. Up until then I’ve been using mostly Logitech UltraX which was great, an amazingly cheap keyboard with really good keys on it and not cramped with a ton of useless features and shortcuts.

That’s why I’m flabbergasted to learn that Logitech is yet to release an update for their Logitech Control Center (LCC) software. In Snow Leopard, it doesn’t support the features of Exposé and Spaces, not out of the box at least – or if you upgraded from Leopard.

I’ve heard of two possible solutions to this problem, the first one is the route I took and worked for me.

Assigned Action

You can change the “assigned action” within Logitech Control Center from the “Exposé, Dashboard & Spaces” you’re probably using right now, to “Keystroke”. Now, in order to assign the proper F key the mouse button/wheel, you will have to remove that very F key assignment from within Exposé & Spaces in your Mac’s System Preferences, otherwise LCC cannot “capture” the key when you press it.

Logitech Control Center (LCC) Snow Leopard

So go to System Preferences > Exposé & Spaces. Pick one, say “All Windows” and remove the “F9″ assignment (or whatever you have). Go back to Logitech Control Center, select Keystroke, click “F9″ in the “Type a key…”-field.  Go back to System Preferences > Exposé & Spaces and assign F9 to “All Windows” again. Test that it works by pressing the mouse button/wheel you assigned F9 to – it should work. Do the same for the rest of the exposé and spaces features you want.

Copy Exposé & Spaces

Another method I haven’t tried, but some users are reporting works for them as well, is copying (not moving!) the “Exposé” and “Spaces” applications from within \Applications\Utilities to just \Applications. You will have the applications twice on your hard disk, but that shouldn’t matter. I don’t know how well this method will work for you though, it doesn’t work for everybody.

Edit: This method can also be done with a symlink, as Eske points out in the comments at TechPatio.com:

The second option works perfectly and can be done with a symlink.
Fire up the good old Terminal, make sure you use an administrator account and make the following voodoo (1st line is only necessary if you are not currently logged in on an admionistrator account):
$> su # enter password for the account when prompted to.
$> cd /Applications/
$> ln -s /Applications/Utilities/Spaces.app Spaces.app
$> ln -s /Applications/Utilities/Expose.app Expose.app

Voodoo completed.

So there you have it, you can once again enjoy all the features of your Logitech mouse within Snow Leopard.

Have you found other bugs within Logitech Control Center on your Snow Leopard? Let me know in the comments…

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Extreme John August 31, 2009 at 21:05

I currently don’t use a MAC desktop, I use a MacBook Pro so I am at least happy with the fact that I won’t need to sweat this issue yet. I am still excited about the upgraded system.
.-= Extreme John´s last blog ..Dumbest Twitter Sales Pitch Yet =-.

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Klaus @ TechPatio August 31, 2009 at 21:07

I’m using a MacBook Pro too, but I still have an external Logitech mouse as it would kill me to only use the touchpad all the time :)

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Andrei September 2, 2009 at 13:00

Thank you for help

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Klaus @ TechPatio September 2, 2009 at 13:20

You’re welcome, Andrei. Let’s just hope Logitech will get to work as soon as possible and release an update that works like the old one used to do under Leopard.

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tobi September 3, 2009 at 14:01

I use the Expose on the middle button of my new Logitech M555b Bluetooth mouse. It didn’t work since I installed Snow Leopard. I followed the second trick and copied only the “Expose.app” to the Applications main folder. The Expose on the middle mouse button immediately worked again. Thank you for the easy solving tip. Best regards, Tobi

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Klaus @ TechPatio September 3, 2009 at 20:04

I’m glad it worked for you – and thanks for commenting, Tobi.

I’m using my “middle button” to hide windows, I always have a ton of windows open so the CMD+H shortcut on the middle button makes it easy for me to get windows out of the way that I no longer need. But Exposé is a great idea too.

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Eske September 3, 2009 at 20:59

The second option works perfectly and can be done with a symlink.
Fire up the good old Terminal, make sure you use an administrator account and make the following voodoo (1st line is only necessary if you are not currently logged in on an admionistrator account):
$> su # enter password for the account when prompted to.
$> cd /Applications/
$> ln -s /Applications/Utilities/Spaces.app Spaces.app
$> ln -s /Applications/Utilities/Expose.app Expose.app

Voodoo completed.

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Eske September 3, 2009 at 21:00

First line got garbled. Should have been:
$> su NameOfAdministratorAccount

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Klaus @ TechPatio September 3, 2009 at 21:04

Thanks Eske, I’ve updated the post to include a direct link to your comment, so people can choose to do it with a symlink.

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Andrew Parker September 5, 2009 at 00:26

Great guide. This works great!

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Klaus @ TechPatio September 5, 2009 at 00:28

I’m glad it worked for you! Thanks for your feedback :)

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JohnWild September 9, 2009 at 04:09

I just get “No Logitech Device Found” in LCC after snow upgrade. Very disappointed in logitech. No info can be found anywhere on their site.

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Klaus @ TechPatio September 9, 2009 at 10:41

Yes John, it’s amazing why Logitech doesn’t provider more information – or just an update, it’s not like they couldn’t have known that Snow Leopard was to be released this fall, although it probably came out a bit earlier. Have you tried turning your computer on and off again and possibly trying your Logitech USB receiver in a different USB port to make sure LCC sees it?

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stan September 11, 2009 at 20:28

The first method you mentioned worked perfectly for me. Easy. Thanks.

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Klaus @ TechPatio September 12, 2009 at 01:22

Perfect, I’m glad it worked for you :)

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Isaac January 28, 2010 at 16:11

Apparently LCC 3.1 solves a lot of issues, but now I’m having big trouble on another front. Whenever I plug in my Anywhere MX mouse and then later log out, the computer hangs and eventually gets to a washed out looking log in screen. Can’t click on any buttons or enter password, and only hard reboot solves it. ONLY happens when I plug in mouse. My guess is buggy LCC daemon. Is this happening to anyone else?? Any suggestions??

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Klaus @ TechPatio January 28, 2010 at 16:14

Hi Isaac. I haven’t updated LCC yet, still using the version that this post is about. I guess I won’t be updating for the time being, with the problems you mention here :(

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choo March 12, 2010 at 14:20

I use Logitech mouse wireless MX Revolution and MX Anywhere.
both have same problem when i want to customize Folder background.
Or Picture Folder.
The mouse Stuck after I scroll then can’t click only can move.
I already send email to Logitech Support but no answer.

anybody know how to fix this problem?

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charlie January 4, 2011 at 20:09

I have done a fresh install (ie no previous OXSs nor LCCs) of LCC 3.3.0 to use a MX revolution bluetooth mouse with a current macbook pro running OSX.6…

In LCC it shows as ”No Logitech Device Found”, although if I go into preferences -> mouse, ‘setup bluetooth device’, it acknowledges the mouse as logitech MX revolution.

I have tried rebooting, & reinstalling the software again – no joy.

Has anyone managed to solve the ‘no device’ message? (At this point I’m not worried about expose/spaces!)

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