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synaptic touchpad problem
I have installed the synaptics touchpad driver via apt. My intent is to get the touchpad to work if the mouse is unplugged after booting. Right now, if the mouse is connected at boot and it gets unplugged later the touchpad doesn't take over. Well, that's not entirely accurate, it gets very erratic when I touch it. If the mouse is not connected at boot, the touchpad is good.
This is my XF86Config-4 (pertinent parts anyway):
Option "Device" "/dev/psaux"
Option "Protocol" "ImPS/2"
Option "Emulate3Buttons" "true"
Option "ZAxisMapping" "4 5"
Unless you see mention of an "active multiplexing controller" in your dmesg switch to using an external USB mouse - it is the most reliable way to have Synaptics and other mouse work together (hardware limitation).
Or, if you do not care about touchpad scrolling (and maybe scroll wheel on the mouse), you may try using psmouse.proto=imps or psmouse.proto=bare options on boot or put proto=imps or proto=bare in modprobe.conf (if psmouse is a module).