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Ive got a dell inspiron 8200 laptop touchpad mouse that I currently cant use with linux. In the initial stages of the linux installation I was able to use it. What do I configure to be able to use it? I looked in the Configure KDE interface but that only gives me the option to configure the existing working mouse (my generic usb wheel).
from what I read, I think your right, touchpad mice are P/S2 devices but I dont know how to configure x to use it. I tried but it didnt work. I don't know whats working behind or infront of this configure file to know where this information im putting in is going or coming from.
I put in a whole new section by copying sources from the interet that went like this:
and remove the "Option "SendCoreEvents" "true"" line from the Touchpad Mouse section and put it into the mouse1 section.
So that your touchpad will work all the time, and your usb mouse will work when you plug it in - the CorePointer is the one X will try to use, and the one with "Option "SendCoreEvents" "true"" line sends movements etc 'through' the CorePointer (sort of - it's all about how X sees devices).
And no, you should only have either XF86Config-4 for or XF86Config, whichever one you have is the one you should edit - different distributions use different files (this may be due to slightly different versions of XFree86 being used).
How does one know about these things? Do you know of a good website that is focused on things like configuring X, the processes of X, the purpose of X? Things of that sort. I have a linux admin book coming in the mail that will probably give me a general idea. But who knows how long before I actually get it. I don't want to just make things work, I want to understand how they work. This being the biggest reason for wanting to switch to linux.
The best piece of advice I have ever been given about Linux is "'man' is your friend".
That and Google.
Oh yeah, and "The Complete Reference - Red Hat Linux" a big, fat, worn out book that doesn't leave my desk. Ever.
And the greatest of these is Google.
Seriously, though; if you need to find a command line argument for a program 'man' is excellent (as is 'info' for some programs), and if you can craft a search string in subtle ways Google Always Has The Answer.
What Google doesn't have, however, is an index at the back and it isn't even remotely useful if you need to find out how to configure PPP when your modem goes haywire and you can't get on-line, so the 'big fat Linux book', as it is known, can prove very useful indeed.