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Old 09-18-2006, 10:48 AM   #1
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Mouspad on ancient Dell inspiron 7000


I've got Ubuntu (Dapper) up and running on a prehistoric Dell inspiron, but am unable to figure out how to get the trackpad to work. Plugging a regular mouse into the USB port works, but I'd like to have the trackpad instead.

Where should I look?
 
Old 09-19-2006, 04:21 AM   #2
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It's a Synaptics PS/2 two-button touchpad, about the least challenging piece of hardware on earth to support. Don't forget to emulate the (absent) third button for X11.

This is part of /etc/X11/xorg.conf
Code:
Section Server Layout
        InputDevice    "Synaptics" "CorePointer"
        InputDevice    "Mouse0" "AlwaysCore"

and this can be also useful for your needs

Section "InputDevice"
        Identifier  "Mouse0"
        Driver      "mouse"
        Option      "Protocol" "IMPS/2"
        Option      "Device" "/dev/input/mice"
        Option      "ZAxisMapping" "4 5"
        Option      "Emulate3Buttons" "yes"
EndSection

Section "InputDevice"
        Identifier  "Synaptics"
        Driver      "synaptics"
        Option      "Device" "/dev/input/mice"
        Option      "Protocol" "auto-dev"
        Option      "Emulate3Buttons" "yes"
        Option      "LeftEdge" "120"
        Option      "RightEdge" "830"
        Option      "TopEdge" "120"
        Option      "BottomEdge" "650"
        Option      "FingerLow" "14"
        Option      "FingerHigh" "15"
        Option      "MaxTapMove" "110"
        Option      "VertScrollDelta" "20"
        Option      "HorizScrollDelta" "20"
        Option      "MinSpeed" "0.3"
        Option      "MaxSpeed" "0.75"
EndSection
by the way there is also an Synaptics driver that you can install with apt.
 
Old 09-19-2006, 08:17 AM   #3
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Thanks. I've tried appending the text posted above to /etc/X11/xorg.conf , but see no effect even after restarting Gnome. I installed the synaptic driver using the command sudo apt-get install xfree86-driver-synaptics but that had no effect either.

Looking in "Device Manager" I'm hard pressed to find the touchpad device. What should it look like?
 
Old 09-19-2006, 08:24 AM   #4
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Did it work before? Sure that you didn't mismatch something within the dell bios?
 
Old 09-25-2006, 05:35 AM   #5
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It worked before

The trackpad has worked before with SuSe, RedHat and Debian. But I haven't use the machine for well over a year.
 
  


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