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I know it's not fashionable, but is there a way to turn off the #$!@#$!@#$ touchpad. it is very sensitive, and i don't have the fingers of a pianist, so all i have to do is lightly brush the touchpad, and either garbage gets pasted into whatever i'm doing, or i get sent to a random window. very aggravating.
btw, otherwise this is a sweet laptop! (broadcom wlan works if you follow the directions, still need to install ati driver, but I'll get to that this weekend...)
trainee: Touchpads have hardware buttons that perform as mouse buttons. However, they also have a software function that simulates these buttons. By briefly touching (tapping) the touchpad, mouse button 1-3 can be simulated.
This sounds good in theory, but when the palm of your hand brushes against the touchpad as you are typing, you can get strange and unexpected behavior. This thread discusses how to disable that behavior for Synaptics touchpads (a popular laptop model).
I put in the config changes in the Synaptics section of xorg.conf, and most of the really big problems stopped (it had been randomly pasting text almost everytime I was typing. Since I work with mostly konsole screens, (about 50% of the time) with the rest being graphic, that was the main problem.
However, it still gives me grief by running the mouse around the screen, and I don't think the touch to click is completely off. Much less sensitive, but not off.
There seems to be no way to turn off the touchpad in the bios (my preferred solution), where is the place in the system start up that will alllow me to turn the #$@%$!@$% thing off completely.
( i also notice error messages popping up about the mouse when i am switched over to a text screen. i forget exactly what they are, but they are the kind of message that farks up the whole screen, CTRL-L is now my friend.)
These are the messages:
Feb 5 11:30:15 localhost kernel: psmouse.c: Mouse at isa0060/serio1/input0 lost synchronization, throwing 1 bytes away.
Feb 5 11:30:15 localhost kernel: psmouse.c: TouchPad at isa0060/serio4/input0 lost sync at byte 1
Feb 5 11:30:15 localhost last message repeated 3 times
Feb 5 11:30:15 localhost kernel: psmouse.c: TouchPad at isa0060/serio4/input0 - driver resynched.
Feb 5 11:30:47 localhost kernel: psmouse.c: Mouse at isa0060/serio1/input0 lost synchronization, throwing 2 bytes away.
Feb 5 11:30:47 localhost kernel: psmouse.c: TouchPad at isa0060/serio4/input0 lost sync at byte 4
Feb 5 11:30:47 localhost kernel: psmouse.c: TouchPad at isa0060/serio4/input0 lost sync at byte 1
Feb 5 11:30:47 localhost kernel: psmouse.c: TouchPad at isa0060/serio4/input0 - driver resynched.
so what I want to know is how i can turn off isa0060/serio4/input0, and will this mess up the usb mouse?
OK, in another forum (I should have looked farther!) eliot678 posted more info about the synaptics touchpad. Apparently, not only is there a 'tap to click' but ther is also a 'touch somewhere on the edge and have the mouse click, just because we're jerks' option. the config that turns that stuff off is:
Option "Protocol" "auto-dev"
Option "Device" "/dev/mouse"
Option "LeftRightScrolling" "off"
Option "HorizScrollDelta" "0"
Option "SHMConfig" "on"#Allows use of synclient
Option "RTCornerButton" "0" #Turns off right top corner button
Option "RBCornerButton" "0" #Turns off right bottom corner button
the RTCornerButton and RBCornerButton are the ones that deal with those 'edge' clicks.
thanks to all who helped, especially eliott678 and macemoneta!