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I've gone through many distros on my tower, dual booting with XP but was never really tempted to go the whole hog. Once I installed SuSE 9.3 I was so impressed that I did the deed and ditched the XP partition. After getting over the initial basic Linux learning curves I decided to do a dual boot on my trusty laptop...
Everything installed without a hitch & I eventually decided to update the fglrx driver for the ATI Radeon Mobility 9000 (M9) to get the 3D working.
After following SuSE's instructions and running fglrxconfig to rewrite xorg.conf, all is OK apart from the Synaptics touchpad.
The pad & the two buttons basically works but I have lost the ability to 'tap & drag' and the super handy scroll button has gone haywire.
A picture of the scroll button can be found here........
Before the fglrx install the button worked fine. UP=scroll up, DOWN=scroll down, LEFT=Back, Right=Forward.
Now it is as follows... UP=Left Click, DOWN=Right Click, LEFT=Middle Click, RIGHT=Middle Click.
I have tried ksynaptics but this doesn't cover changing the affected settings.
Any ideas how I can get this back to normal?
My relevant xorg.conf sections below....(If it helps)
I tried unhashing the 'Other input device' sections which have made no difference.
# ChordMiddle is an option for some 3-button Logitech mice
# Option "ChordMiddle"
# Other input device sections
# this is optional and is required only if you
# are using extended input devices. This is for example only. Refer
# to the XF86Config man page for a description of the options.
Option "Protocol" "MouseMan"
Option "Device" "/dev/mouse2"
If you have a synaptics touchpad then you should be able to use sax2 to enable it and use the synaptics driver instead of the other devices listed on your post . Run sax2 then edit your input devices . Ksynaptics should work after that to help fine tune it. At least it should anyway......
Last edited by ritchmonty; 05-25-2005 at 11:04 PM.
Ya know what, I had tried that but after running fglrxconfig after the ATI install, Sax2 just wipes out all the settings in xorg.conf causing the xserver not being able to start when entering runlevel 5.
I have though tried again, this time I ran fglrxconfig to rebuild the xorg.conf, then made a backup of xorg conf called xorg.conf.backup
Run Sax2 ,added the Synaptics Touchpad and saved.
Opened up xorg.conf.backup and hashed out the following.....
# Any number of ServerLayout sections may be present. Each describes
# the way multiple screens are organised. A specific ServerLayout
# section may be specified from the X server command line with the
# "-layout" option. In the absence of this, the first section is used.
# When now ServerLayout section is present, the first Screen section
# is used alone.
# The Identifier line must be present
Identifier "Server Layout"
# Each Screen line specifies a Screen section name, and optionally
# the relative position of other screens. The four names after
# primary screen name are the screens to the top, bottom, left and right
# of the primary screen.
# Each InputDevice line specifies an InputDevice section name and
# optionally some options to specify the way the device is to be
# used. Those options include "CorePointer", "CoreKeyboard" and
Glad you got everything straight. I noticed that you had problems with the fglrxconfig. For future reference here is a link to the suse ati driver and patch in case you didn't already know it. ftp://ftp.suse.com/pub/suse/i386/sup...fglrx/8.12.10/
I followed the readme instructions to install them and did not have to run fglrxconfig for a change. It installs the ati control panel which seems to work pretty good. Since everything is working for you , you probably wouldn't want to bother with this now. It would more than likely only complicate things.
The only problem I remember having was that sax2 offered its recommended settings (which I chose) but should have reconfigured.
hey can anyone help me out,just having a problem with my acer laptop scroll pad button,when i push the down scroll button it doesnt make that click sound,but wen i push the side and up it clicks,and it also feels stuck wen i use it but it still works,but it just seems to be out of place, any chances on any tips to fix it,i was goin to take my pc apart but myt make it worse and i also have no experiance at taking it apart