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This seems like a common frustration, but none of the answers I have found on the 'net seem to help. Hopefully, someone will be able to share their wisdom!
I have a Compaq Presario 1200XL-122 with a Synaptics Touchpad installed. Under WIndows (now gone) I disabled this touchpad and used a standard PS/2 Wheel Mouse instead. I want to do the same under Linux. But I can't.
What I've Done I've followed various suggestions, but none have worked. I have attempted to use the BIOS to disable the touchpad, but my BIOS is limited and does not provide this feature. I have accessed my xorg.conf file (which, I assume, is the FC3 version of the XFree86-4 file that I cannot find) and commented out the bits referring to the touchpad, but to no avail. I have used the system-config-mouse utility to switch the setting from the Synaptics Touchpad to the Generic Wheel Mouse; this hasn't worked either. I have read references to a KDE utility that configures the touchpad and includes a feature to disable it, but I'm using Gnome and I'd like a solution for the latter.
What I've Got ...
Compaq Presario 1200XL-122
Red Hat Fedora Core 3
kernal v. 2.6.9-1.667