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Old 10-16-2008, 08:10 AM   #1
IsharaComix
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How can I configure my laptop's touch pad?


I'm running Xubuntu 8.04 in WUBI on a Dell Laptop, and I hate how tapping the mouse pad clicks on stuff. I looked in the mouse configuration, but there is no option for adjusting its settings.

The model is a Dell Inspiron 1420. It's very hard to use Linux when my windows keep losing their focus. At college, elbow room is limited, and using a USB mouse isn't always an option.

Here's its section in the xorg.conf file:
Code:
Section "InputDevice"
	Identifier	"Synaptics Touchpad"
	Driver		"synaptics"
	Option		"SendCoreEvents"	"true"
	Option		"Device"		"/dev/psaux"
	Option		"Protocol"		"auto-dev"
	Option		"HorizEdgeScroll"	"0"
EndSection

As always, I thank the LQ community in advance for accepting my posts and giving me help that I don't necessarily deserve.

Last edited by IsharaComix; 10-16-2008 at 10:21 AM. Reason: Added xorg.conf data; changed messups
 
Old 10-16-2008, 09:19 AM   #2
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Hi, here is my xorg.conf section for the synaptics touchpad.
Quote:
Section "InputDevice"
Identifier "Touchpad"
Driver "synaptics"
Option "Protocol" "auto"
Option "Device" "/dev/input/mouse0"
Option "SHMConfig" "1"
Option "VertEdgeScroll" "1"
Option "HorizEdgeScroll" "1"
Option "UpDownScrolling" "1"
Option "LeftRightScrolling" "1"
Option "RightEdge" "5400"
Option "BottomEdge" "4480"
# Option "FingerLow" "35"
# Option "TapButton1" "1"
EndSection
Note that I use only the scrolling feature, to use other features, see "man synaptics" or look here

But I'm not sure that that was your question though...

Serafean

Last edited by serafean; 10-16-2008 at 09:23 AM.
 
Old 10-16-2008, 09:32 AM   #3
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I found that the brand spanking new 8.10 has allot better support for touch-pads but has other down falls..... just a thought
 
Old 10-16-2008, 10:27 AM   #4
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OK. Fixed it.

Thanks to serafean for showing me your conf file. Seeing the source code makes it much easier to tweak it. All I had to do was put in Option "TapButton1" "0" in the section and it's all fixed up. It's nice to be able to work without selecting arbitrary text while moving my mouse.

Your help is very much appreciated, and let it be known that you are a good person. *clap clap clap*
 
Old 10-16-2008, 01:36 PM   #5
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You're welcome, end FYI, in ubuntu 8.10 you should use the hal daemon .fdi configuration files instead of xorg.conf to configure HID devices.

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