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My touch pad does not work properly. I get no acceleration and no "tap-tap and drag" feature. below is one section of my xorg.conf.
Can anyone advise me if this looks correct.
I also get the message "No synaptic drivers loaded". Its a Toshiba Satellite laptop running Zenwalk 7.0
from Changes_and_Hints.txt ...
The version of Xorg in Slackware 13.37 will not (in most cases) require an
/etc/X11/xorg.conf file. Input hotplugging is no longer done using hal;
instead, it now uses udev for input device detection and keyboard mapping.
/usr/share/X11/xorg.conf.d/ is the "packaged" configuration directory; all
files ending with ".conf" in this directory are used by the X server
unless there is an identically-named file in the local sysadmin directory.
The local sysadmin config directory is /etc/X11/xorg.conf.d/ - all files
ending with ".conf" in this directory are parsed.
There are several default config files in /usr/share/X11/xorg.conf.d/:
a "catchall" file for input devices using the evdev driver; this
should work for most hardware in the absence of a better driver
overrides the earlier 10-evdev.conf file and uses the synaptics
driver for all touchpads
overrides the earlier 10-evdev.conf file and uses the wacom driver
for Wacom tablets
this sample ("normal" en layout) keeps the "old" default of
allowing Zap'ing the Xserver.
If you need to modify any of these defaults, then copy the relevant file
from /usr/share/X11/xorg.conf.d/ to /etc/X11/xorg.conf.d/ and edit the
You can still create an xorg.conf file if you wish, or you can create some
minimal xorg.conf snippets with only the specific contents that you wish
to override (as an example, to use a binary-only video driver) as separate
files in the /etc/X11/xorg.conf.d/ directory. ...
As I said, I don't know if this is already available for Zenwalk.
Thanks Superdog for your reply. OK. I was a bit wary of changing that file as the message at the top warns to edit the file "with caution". Anyway I changed those features but everything is still the same. I must say though that I have not rebooted the laptop.
When I type in
I get the message about no synaptic drivers loaded.
Thanks Markush. I went and read that document and although Im not really a computer guy I did find it interesting.
Zenwalk 7.0 does in fact include the /lib/udev/rules.d directory as well as /etc/udev/rules.d
And so it seems that /etc/X11/xorg.conf.d is something in the past.
Anyway the bottom line is that my touchpad is still not working properly. It does the basics, but one needs a bit more than that.
You should try to load the module "acpi_toshiba" and the module "synaptics_i2c" via modprobe, maybe that helps.
I'm not sure.
If you get an errormessage when using the modprobe command "no such device" the module will not work for you, but if you get a message that the module is not there, you can rebuild your kernel with the module. If modprobe exits without any message the module is loaded.