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Old 05-24-2006, 09:52 PM   #1
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How to disable the little marble that is used as a mouse on a laptop keyboard?


Hi everyone,

My mouse is getting crazy and I'm sure it's because of the little marble that is used as a mouse on my keyboard... Could someone tell me how to disable it?

I ALSO HAVE A SYNAPTICS TOUCHPAD THAT I'D LIKE TO KEEP FUNCTIONAL.

Here's the content of my /etc/X11/xorg.conf file :

Quote:
# File generated by XFdrake.

# **********************************************************************
# Refer to the XF86Config man page for details about the format of
# this file.
# **********************************************************************

Section "Files"
# Multiple FontPath entries are allowed (they are concatenated together)
# By default, Mandrake 6.0 and later now use a font server independent of
# the X server to render fonts.
FontPath "unix/:-1"
EndSection

Section "ServerFlags"
#DontZap # disable <Crtl><Alt><BS> (server abort)
#DontZoom # disable <Crtl><Alt><KP_+>/<KP_-> (resolution switching)
AllowMouseOpenFail # allows the server to start up even if the mouse does not work
EndSection

Section "Module"
Load "dbe" # Double-Buffering Extension
Load "v4l" # Video for Linux
Load "extmod"
Load "type1"
Load "freetype"
Load "synaptics"
Load "glx" # 3D layer
Load "dri" # direct rendering
EndSection

Section "InputDevice"
Identifier "Keyboard1"
Driver "keyboard"
Option "XkbModel" "pc105"
Option "XkbLayout" "ca_enhanced"
Option "XkbOptions" "compose:rwin"
EndSection

Section "InputDevice"
Identifier "Mouse1"
Driver "mouse"
Option "Protocol" "ExplorerPS/2"
Option "Device" "/dev/mouse"
Option "ZAxisMapping" "4 5"
EndSection

Section "InputDevice"
Identifier "SynapticsMouse1"
Driver "synaptics"
Option "Protocol" "auto-dev"
Option "Device" "/dev/input/mice"
Option "MaxSpeed" "0.18"
Option "MinSpeed" "0.09"
Option "BottomEdge" "4200"
Option "SHMConfig" "on"
Option "FingerLow" "25"
Option "LeftEdge" "1700"
Option "MaxTapMove" "220"
Option "MaxTapTime" "180"
Option "FingerHigh" "30"
Option "VertScrollDelta" "100"
Option "RightEdge" "5300"
Option "TopEdge" "1700"
Option "AccelFactor" "0.0015"
EndSection

Section "Monitor"
Identifier "monitor1"
VendorName "Generic"
ModelName "Flat Panel 1024x768"
HorizSync 31.5-55
VertRefresh 40-70

# TV fullscreen mode or DVD fullscreen output.
# 768x576 @ 79 Hz, 50 kHz hsync
ModeLine "768x576" 50.00 768 832 846 1000 576 590 595 630

# 768x576 @ 100 Hz, 61.6 kHz hsync
ModeLine "768x576" 63.07 768 800 960 1024 576 578 590 616
EndSection

Section "Device"
Identifier "device1"
VendorName "ATI"
BoardName "ATI Rage 128 Mobility"
Driver "ati"
Option "DPMS"
Option "UseCCEFor2D" "false"
EndSection

Section "Screen"
Identifier "screen1"
Device "device1"
Monitor "monitor1"
DefaultColorDepth 16

Subsection "Display"
Depth 8
Virtual 1024 768
EndSubsection

Subsection "Display"
Depth 15
Virtual 1024 768
EndSubsection

Subsection "Display"
Depth 16
Virtual 1024 768
EndSubsection

Subsection "Display"
Depth 24
Virtual 1024 768
EndSubsection
EndSection

Section "ServerLayout"
Identifier "layout1"
InputDevice "Keyboard1" "CoreKeyboard"
InputDevice "Mouse1" "CorePointer"
InputDevice "SynapticsMouse1" "AlwaysCore"
Screen "screen1"
EndSection
By the way, I'm on Mandriva 2006.

Thanks...
 
Old 05-24-2006, 10:00 PM   #2
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If you mean the little joystick thing between the keys, I disabled one on a dell laptop by opening the keyboard and unplugging it. It was a separate little ribbon from the touchpad ribbon. On this particular model, that was Dell's recommendation for correcting the problem (it was a manufacturing defect in virtually every laptop of that model)...
 
Old 05-24-2006, 10:30 PM   #3
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My computer is also a DELL (Latitude). But how did you open the keyboard of your laptop? I'm a little bit scared to unscrew the screws...
 
Old 05-24-2006, 10:40 PM   #4
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I went to the website and found the guide to replacing your dell keyboard. It was a while ago now, but I think the proper screws were all labeled with a "K" on the bottom of the laptop. I want to say there were 3-5 of them, but I could be wrong. Then I had to use a small flat screwdriver to pry the keyboard up and it just came out. Then I unplugged what I needed and put it back together. It only took about 5 minutes.

Here's a guide I found online that might help you.
 
Old 05-25-2006, 02:05 AM   #5
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Thanks a lot buddy ! It worked perfectly
 
  


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