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Old 11-22-2008, 07:03 PM   #1
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Driver for touchpad? (Smart Cat Pro by Cirque)


Help me linuxquestions.org you're my only hope (I couldn't resist throwing in the star wars reference)

Ok here's the deal...

I've got VERY bad problems with my wrists (think carpal tunnel but in the opposite direction) and I need to tilt the keyboard down instead of up so...

I'm getting an adjustable keyboard arm stand (probably one made by humanscale), desk (a generic one but without a lip so I can attach the keyboard arm stand to it), an ergonomic chair (with armrests), and a new mouse... well make that a touch pad (to sit on the adjustable keyboard arm stand next to the keyboard).

The thing is this stuff costs big $ and I've found a store where I can get a discount (for working for the state) and I get to try the setup (or one just like it) in the store to make sure it works before I buy it.

The thing is I don't know if I can get linux drivers for the touchpad.

The one I'm looking at is the USB version of the "Smart Cat Pro" made by Cirque

http://www.cirque.com/pages/?section=3&page=31

Does anyone out there know anything about this (or even a regular "Smart Cat" if you can't find a driver for the "Pro")

Thanks for your help.
 
Old 11-23-2008, 02:29 PM   #2
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It is a standard Glidepoint pad, from what I can tell. The standard 'synaptics' drivers for X should be able to work with it. I don't know about the buttons on the side of the Pro version, I'm not sure how they are handled.

Worst case, it will emulate a PS/2 mouse and you will have basic movement and tapping functions, but you won't have any way to customize it.
 
Old 11-23-2008, 02:34 PM   #3
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if it has the usb logo on the box it must comply to the usb-hid standard and as such will work for linux. the only thing that might not work is the "Four (4) programmable hotlinks"

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Old 11-24-2008, 06:11 PM   #4
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if it has the usb logo on the box it must comply to the usb-hid standard and as such will work for linux. the only thing that might not work is the "Four (4) programmable hotlinks"
I know it's a best guess but what about the "scrolling" arrows on the side and bottom of the screen err touchpad... do you think those will work?
 
Old 11-25-2008, 12:56 AM   #5
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Scrolling will work if the synaptics driver works with the pad.
 
Old 11-25-2008, 03:32 AM   #6
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yeah my touchpad is a synaptics and I can do the scrolling and the two finger stuff.
 
  


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